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 Pension scheme may be able to continue their contributions, subject to their ability to meet the eligibility criteria under the scheme.
Learning & development and professional development
All learning and development activity is overseen and coordinated by the dedicated Learning and Development Team. The team provides a range of in house training programmes and opportunities for our employees to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence to ensure consistent high-quality patient and family care.
As a specialist provider of palliative care, we also provide a range of high quality training and education in End of Life and Palliative Care to the wider health care community and general public.
Further details can be found here – Education Page
Maternity & Paternity Benefits
We offer generous maternity and paternity benefits to our employees subject to a qualifying period.
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 a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme. Following successful completion of their probationary period permanent and fixed term employees will become members of Westfield Health who provide a range of services, including cash back on dental, optical and therapy treatments.
The hospice has an on-site Occupational Health Service to support employees in the workplace.
Employees are encouraged to participate in clinical supervision on a regular basis.
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.
Free parking is available on site at St John’s Hospice, Slyne Road, Lancaster.
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.
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.