Working with us

Working with us

Why come and work with us

If you would like to contribute towards a great cause and make an impact on people’s lives or are looking to join an organisation that values well-being, encourages teamwork and rewards loyalty, St Peter & St James Hospice is the place for you!

With approximately 150 employees, 400 volunteers and 10 charity shops across Lewes, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Lindfield, Burgess Hill and Brighton & Hove, St Peter & St James Hospice is set in 36 acres of beautiful countryside.

Please check back in the future or follow us on social media to hear about upcoming roles.

Executive Team



People Services


Speculative applications

We are always on the lookout for new talent so if none of the vacancies above match your skills and preference, please apply through the ‘Speculative Applications’ link below. You are welcome to get in touch with the recruiting manager, and visit our hospice, shops or distribution centre to talk with our employees and volunteers about what it’s like working or volunteering with us.

A few things to note:

  • Our full time equivalent is 37.5 hours per week
  • Office workers work flexibly Monday to Friday, our clinical teams on a rotation Monday to Sunday and our shops Monday to Saturday or Sunday depending on the location
  • Most of our administrative and managerial roles embrace hybrid working, offering a healthy mix between working remotely and from the hospice. That means you can apply from afar if you are prepared to be based approximately 1-2 days per week in the office
  • The hospice is based in North Chailey (BN8 4ED), where there is no public transport
  • All of our roles require at least enhanced DBS (Enhanced and barred for regulated activities)

If you would like to have an informal chat with our team please email

What are the benefits of working for St Peter & St James Hospice?

Some of the great benefits of working with us include:

  • Full induction and ongoing training opportunities
  • Performance related pay progression
  • Access to self-development courses such as Growth Mindset, Resilience, Dealing with stressful situations etc.
  • 35 days holiday (27 days holiday + 8 Bank Holidays pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Enhanced maternity/adoption pay
  • Free BUPA Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free eye tests and special prescription allowance for screen users
  • Generous Pension 5% employer, 3% employee pension – (Option to transfer NHS Pension subject to pension rules)
  • Company sick pay scheme – Well-being is at the heart of everything we do, and it starts with ensuring your own
  • Peer recognition GEM (Go the Extra Mile)
  • Long service awards
  • 20% Staff discount in our charity shops
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Subsidised meals if working in the hospice building
  • Free onsite car parking (hospice and distribution sites only)

Applications Ts & Cs

St Peter & St James Hospice has no religious affiliation, respects all cultures and points of view, is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants meeting the role specifications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.

A few things to note about the application form:

  • it will ask to confirm if you have the right to work in the UK

In accordance with the Asylum And Immigration Act 1996, all employers are required by law to check their prospective employees have the right to work in the UK. If not do not have the right to work in the UK we are unable to accept your application as we are not licenced to sponsor anyone who doesn’t already have the right to work in the UK.

Kindly note that you will be asked to show the original documents evidencing your right to work in the UK should you be offered a position with us, which you would have to provide before your first day.

  • if the role you are applying for requires specific experience and/or qualification, you will be asked to confirm that you meet these criteria.

  • if the role you are applying for is based at the hospice, it will ask if you have reliable access to a personal vehicle to commute to and from the hospice in North Chailey as there is no public transport to get there.

  • All positions at the Hospice are exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, and you are therefore required to disclose all convictions, cautions or bind-overs you have ever received, including those which would otherwise be considered ‘spent’.

Kindly note that it is in your best interest to be fully transparent as having a criminal conviction will not necessarily bar you from working at the Hospice, however not being forthcoming about potential criminal convictions could jeopardise the trust required between an employer and its employees. Whether or not your criminal conviction would prevent you from working for us will depend upon the nature of the position you are applying for and the circumstances and background of your offence(s).

Please note that the summary information for you are applying for will confirm the level of DBS check required. Offers of employment are subject to satisfactory receipt of the appropriate checks from the Disclosure & Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.

Offers of employment are also subject to the receipt of satisfactory references of employment and occupational health clearance.

The safety of our employees, volunteers and service users remains paramount, so we encourage all of you to get double jabbed and boosted. We will continue to ask existing and prospective employees and volunteers to advise if they have been vaccinated as we will need to have a clear understanding of our workforce’s Covid-19 vaccination status. Rest assured that whilst Covid-19 vaccination is not mandatory, no one will be treated differently based on their personal decision to get vaccinated or not.

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