Join our expert and friendly team at St Peter & St James Hospice and make a difference every day.

Working for our hospice

With approximately 150 employees, 450 volunteers and 10 charity shops across Lewes, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Lindfield and Burgess Hill, St Peter & St James Hospice is set in 36 acres of beautiful countryside.

Our friendly, professional and nurturing team of employees and volunteers work side-by-side to provide specialist hospice care for adults towards and at the end of life. We support patients and their carers in their journey both in the comfort of their own homes as well as at the hospice in North Chailey.

Our values are evident in everything we do, which is what compels our employees and volunteers to stay with us for years. (One of our volunteers has been with us for 21 years!). Our donkeys Dylan and Dudley and resident cats, Jasper and Willow, are also much loved additions to the friendly team at St Peter & St James Hospice! 

To discover more about our vision, mission and values, click here

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!

The perks of working with us:

  • Friendly and supportive environment
  • Full induction and ongoing training opportunities
  • Access to self-development courses such as Growth Mindset, Resilience, Dealing with stressful situations etc.
  • 33 days holiday FTE (25 days holiday + 8 Bank Holidays)
  • 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)
  • 20% Staff discount in our charity shops
  • Free onsite car parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Subsidised staff meals
  • Café facility five days per week


COVID-19 considerations:

To keep our team as safe as possible we have restricted contact between the care and admin teams, enforce social distancing in and outside our premises  and provide a range of appropriate  PPE including face coverings, visors, gloves and hand sanitiser in line with government guidance.


How to apply to join our friendly team

A link to the application form for each specific role can be found in the details of the vacancy.

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 above specifications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.

The recruitment process will include a telephone conversation and a face-to-face interview. Please note your employment is conditional upon the Company’s receipt of satisfactory references and if requested by the Company, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Please note that you will need your own transport to get to the hospice as we are not on a public transport route.

If your dream opportunity doesn’t appear in our vacancies right now, we’d still love to hear from you. You could volunteer in your area of interest or get involved with one of our hospice events.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Speciality Doctor

Speciality Doctor in Palliative Care

  • Rural Location – Own transport essential, no public transport
  • Sessional rate based on NHS Specialty Doctor salary scale
  • Two sessions one day a week (Wednesday) plus an on call commitment (I in 4)
  • Part-time, Permanent
  • Closing date: 18/10/2020 Please note that this position may close earlier due to receiving a high number of applicants

We are developing a new integrated care model combining inpatient care, a community support team and Wellbeing service, with medical roles working as part of a broad multidisciplinary team.

The Hospice has eight specialist palliative care beds and a typical active community caseload of 200 patients.  In addition there is an outpatient service and the Beacon View Wellbeing Centre. The multi-disciplinary team includes a team of Community Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapists, a full Counselling team, Welfare Advisor and a Spiritual Care team. There is a comprehensive Bereavement Service and the Hospice further benefits from over 400 volunteers. Additionally, we provide up to 6 Funded Care beds for patients with medium-term palliative care and complex needs.


Who are we looking for? 

This is a substantive post for 2 sessions (one day a week), with additional on call activity. 

The on call commitment is for one night per week and one in four weekends (consisting of Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday). This is remunerated separately.

The post-holder will predominantly be responsible for day to day care of the Inpatient Unit working within the hospice multi-disciplinary team. There will also be opportunities to work with the community palliative care team, assessing patients at home and in the outpatient setting. There are opportunities for education for hospice staff and clinical visitors. 

There is full access to investigations though the local hospital, including clinical imaging.

Ideally, applicants will have some experience of specialist palliative care, or be a GP with a specialist interest in this field. The service is consultant led and the work is predominantly inpatient based. It provides an excellent opportunity for the post holder to further develop their skills and experience in Specialist Palliative Care.

As part of the St Peter & St James Hospice team, you will contribute towards our wider mission. Regardless of their position, everyone in the organisation plays an important role in supporting our patients and those important to them to live well towards the end of life.


For further details please see the full Speciality Doctor Job advert

To apply for our Speciality Doctor vacancy please complete our Speciality Doctor Application Form before 18th October 2020.

Sunday Cook

Sunday Cook

  • Rural Location – Own transport essential, no public transport
  • £20,468 pro-rata
  • Sunday 07:00 – 18:00 (10.5h)
  • Part-time, Permanent
  • Closing date: 13/11/2020 Please note that this position may close earlier due to receiving a high number of applicants


Who are we looking for?

  • Previous catering experience within a commercial or hospice/care home setting
  • Food Hygiene Certified – Level 3 as a minimum. NVQ Level 2/3 in Food Preparation/Catering or City & Guilds equivalent
  • Knowledge of cleaning procedures
  • Sound working knowledge of HACCP practices
  • Ability to lead, manage and motivate a team of kitchen staff
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to build working relationships with other Hospice teams
  • Good working knowledge of Google software e.g. email, sheets, docs etc
  • Responsive to resident’s individual dietary and cultural needs
  • Capable of working to a budget
  • Friendly, positive and willing with a “can-do” attitude
  • Enthusiasm to work proactively as part of a team as well as on own initiative
  • Desire and pride to act as an ambassador for the charity
  • Patient with attention to detail
  • Calm under pressure
  • Aptitude towards continuous learning and development


For further details please see the full Sunday Cook Job advert

To apply for our Sunday Cook vacancy please complete our Sunday Cook application form before 13th November 2020.