Working for St John’s Hospice
Dedicated staff are the hospice’s greatest asset in its mission to provide consistently high standards of patient and family care. We invest time and effort in maintaining a culture that encourages our team to consistently achieve high standards of service. We are a charity and charities rely on reputation. Our reputation has been built over 30 years of compassionate care and we welcome people to our team who understand the unique requirements of working for a charity and who are passionate about high standards of public service.
We offer excellent careers in palliative care covering a range of medical, nursing and multi-professional disciplines. This includes nurses, doctors, nursing auxiliaries, allied health professionals and a family support team. We also expect our clinical team to support the wider aims of the hospice by being ambassadors for the care we provide. Working conditions are excellent with ratios of staff to patients higher than in the NHS on our in-patient unit, in our Day Hospice centre and in our community based Hospice at Home Team.
In addition to clinical roles, our team is made up of a variety of different disciplines from administration staff, to fundraisers, finance support staff, cooks and housekeepers. Their practical support keeps the hospice running smoothly and allows us to do what we do best – care for patients. Although not actively involved in clinical care, non-clinical staff have frequent patients contact and that is why we hand-pick people for their personal attributes as much as their skills and abilities. Again, being a member of the non-clinical team at St. John’s means that we expect you to be an ambassador for the charity above and beyond the requirements of your job role.
Competitive salary for the local area.
Employees enjoy a generous holiday entitlement of 27 days (plus bank holidays) for full time employees with pro-rata holiday entitlement for part-time employees.
We offer a non-contributory pension scheme, fully stakeholder compliant and to which, if desired, you can contribute up to the statutory maximum. Currently the hospice contributes 8% to the stakeholder pension scheme. Employees that are existing members of the NHS Superannuation scheme are able to continue their contributions, providing they meet the qualifying criteria.
Life Assurance Cover
All permanent employees have ‘death in service benefit’ of 2 years annual salary from the first day of employment.
Health & Wellbeing
The health, safety and welfare of our employees is very important to St John’s Hospice and we offer an Employee Wellbeing service where employees have access to a support website that offer services to staff, plus 24 hour telephone support that covers debt information, telephone counselling, legal information, specialist information and support for managers.
The hospice uses an Occupational Health Service to support employees in the workplace.
Employees are encouraged to participate in supervision via group reflective practice and are allocated one hour each month to attend.
Employees benefit from the free services of complementary therapy by our wonderful volunteers.
The hospice has favourable membership rates for health and fitness organisations in the local area. Details are available from the HR department.
Employees are able to access our spiritual care services and a multi faith worship facility is available for everyone to use and to participate in spiritual care events and services.
Education, Training & Professional Development
Our in house Education Team provides in house training for our employees who can also access professional development training via our extensive links with local universities and colleges.
Hospice employees are entitled to periods of study leave, where study is related to their job role or otherwise of value to the hospice.
Free parking is available on site.
Hospice employees have access to a will making service. Local solicitors provide a free service in return for a donation to the hospice.
There are numerous opportunities to become involved in social and fundraising events, held locally, in aid of the hospice.
Employees have the opportunity to save monthly for Christmas via our payroll.
Employees have access to refreshment facilities on site and can order sandwiches and snacks on a daily basis.