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Head of Ward Services

“I became a nurse because I wanted to help people.”

How often have you heard this, and wondered if you are feeling this in your current role?

Are you the nurse who wants to work for an organisation rated as ‘outstanding’ by CQC?

Are you the nurse who wants to lead a ward of 13 beds with an excellent staff-to-patient ratio of 6 staff for an early shift, 5 staff for a late shift and 4 staff for the night shift?

Are you the nurse who wants to work with an incredible team to further develop a much-loved inpatient ward?

Have you ever wished that you could lead a team that truly practices holistic care and has the backing of a multi-disciplinary team who meet on a daily basis?

Have you ever wished you could work for an organisation that will support your welfare, wellbeing and need for resources so that you are proud of your work?

Have you ever wished that you could be the Head of Ward Services for an organisation that 93% of staff would recommend as an employer?


If you think this is too good to be true – it isn’t – this is St John’s Hospice where outstanding palliative care is the everyday reality. This is what our staff say:

“Nursing at St John’s is a very different experience, the biggest advantage is that you have much more time to spend with patients and of course their families. I work with very experienced staff, you develop your expertise and skills, and the patients really feel the benefit of all this knowledge.”

“I look at the pride people take in their work: kitchen staff, housekeeping staff, the volunteers, everyone. What they give is from the heart not from a textbook. I feel supported as an employee so I am free to do what I do best – look after people.  I’m blown away by how well I have been looked after as a member of staff. ”

To take a tour of the inpatient ward here >>

📍 Location: St John’s Hospice, Lancaster
⏰ Hours:
37.5 per week, Monday to Friday, with occasional out of hours cover
✅ Role Type: Permanent
💰 Pay: £40,000 per annum
💚 Pension:
*NHS Pension Scheme available subject to availability criteria; or 8% employer funded St John’s Hospice Pension Scheme

📅 Closing Date: Sunday 26th September 2021
📅 Interview Date: TBC

For more information, or an informal chat, please call Maddy Bass, Director of Nursing & Quality on 01524 382538. Alternatively please email [email protected]

We offer:

💚 27 days holiday + bank holidays for full time employees.
💚 Life assurance
💚 Health Cash Plan
💚 Minimum 8% employer contributions to a pension scheme
💚 Maternity & paternity benefits
💚 Continuing professional development
💚 Cycle to work scheme
💚 Car lease scheme
💚 Free on-site parking

Please click here to see more benefits available to our employees.


If you would like to apply for this vacancy please complete our online Application for Employment below, please make sure you specify the number of hours you are applying for. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications. Please submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Oder) 1975 (as amended in 2013). It will be necessary for a submission for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Please complete your Application For Employment accurately ensuring you include all criminal convictions including those that would otherwise be considered ‘spent’. A fee of £44.80 is applicable for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check or £27.80 for a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service check which will be carried out as part of our pre-employment check process, if applicable.

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