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Senior Healthcare Assistants

“We get to treat our patients as individuals rather than a number in a bed. Wouldn’t you love a job where you can make a real difference every day?”

St. John’s Hospice is looking to recruit Senior Healthcare Assistants for our specialist Hospice at Home community service. Working with our Hospice at Home team you will provide nursing care across North Lancashire and South Cumbria catchment area for people who are at the end of life.  The post predominantly involves lone working in patients own homes at night.

Location: Lancaster
Up to 27 hours per week available (3 night sits) and each 9 hour shift is worked 9:45pm – 6:45am. Service covers 365 days a year 7 days a week on a rota system. Includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday working.
Contract: Permanent
Pay: *£10.61 – £10.94  per hour (dependant on pension scheme) and a £15 night allowance payment for every night sit worked.
Pension Scheme: 8% employer contribution (*NHS Pension Scheme available subject to eligibility)
Closing Date: 20th January 2020
Interview Date: 30th January 2020

  • Do you have any experience of working with people at end of life?
  • Are you available for night duty?
  • Are you willing to work in patients’ homes across our catchment area?
  • Are you interested in professional support and training?

Hospice at Home serves the whole of North Lancashire and South Lakeland, Cumbria including parts of North Yorkshire and visits may be anywhere within this catchment area. It is essential to be a car owner/driver. 

Job Purpose:

As a Healthcare Assistant, working to the standards set out in the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers, you will provide overnight support for patients, with life-limiting conditions, in their own homes giving vital overnight respite for carers across the South Lakes locality.   The Night Sitting Service enables patients to remain in their own homes towards the end of life.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact Anne Haygarth (Head of Hospice at Home) on 01524 382538 or email [email protected].

Please view our Job Description and Person Specification before applying.

We offer:

  • 27 days holiday + bank holidays for full time employees. Pro rata for part time
  • Life assurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • High nurse to patient ratio
  • Minimum 8% employer contributions to a pension scheme (see below for further details
  • Maternity & paternity benefits
  • Reflective Practice Supervision Groups
  • Continuing professional development

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

*NHS pension can be continued if you have contributed within the last 12 months. If you are not eligible to join the NHS pension scheme St John’s Hospice provide an 8% group scheme pension.


If you would like to apply for this vacancy please complete our online Application for Employment below.

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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 £48.80 is applicable for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check or £30.80 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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