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

Working for our hospice

St Peter & St James Hospice is a rewarding organisation to work for. We are proud to support our local community in the heart of Sussex providing specialist care to adults living with terminal illness and supporting families, friends and carers. We are set in 36 acres of beautiful countryside including ancient woodland; our environment makes a positive contribution to the wellbeing of staff and volunteers, as do our donkeys, Dylan and Dudley and resident cats, Jasper and Willow.  Fancy a visit to come and see our wonderful environment? Please get in touch with the HR team to arrange a visit.

You will need your own transport to get to us as we are not on a public transport route.

We pride ourselves on being a values driven behaviour based organisation.  We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity.

The Perks:

  • Friendly and supportive environment
  • Free onsite car parking
  • Free BUPA Employee Assistance Programme
  • 33 days annual leave (FTE) (including bank holidays)
  • Generous Pension (Option to transfer NHS Pension subject to pension rules)
  • Full induction and ongoing training & development opportunities
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Subsidised staff meals
  • Café facility five days per week
  • Staff discount in our charity shops

Please download one of our application forms and return your application to the HR Department, St Peter & St James Hospice, North Common Road, North Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4ED.  Please kindly ensure that you apply the appropriate postage to avoid us being fined £1.50 per item by the Post Office.  Thank you for your understanding.

The HR email address is:

If we can’t offer you your dream opportunity 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.


RGN Bank Staff Nurse contracts available

We are situated in the heart of the Sussex countryside near Haywards Heath, providing specialist short and longer term integrated palliative care.

As a qualified RGN you will also have experience or an interest in palliative care and care of the elderly.

Reporting to the IPU Nurse Manager, you will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the nursing care of a named group of patients and ensuring that records are maintained in accordance with the NMC Guidelines’ Standards for Records and Record Keeping. You will also support the IPU Team Leaders in the delivery of a high quality and cost effective service of patient care.

Responsibilities will include you working as a member of the ward team and supervising the nursing practice of junior members of staff. You will participate in ensuring patients are involved in all aspects of their care, and also that partners, friends and relatives are involved in care in accordance with the patient’s wishes.

You will treat each patient with dignity, respect and understanding, in accordance with the philosophy of St Peter and St James. You will be aware of unit procedures and policies and ensure they are carried out safely in accordance with agreed policies. With your excellent communication skills you will liaise with all patients, their families and hospice staff and comply with the NMC Professional Code of Conduct for Nurses, Health Visitors and Midwives at all times.

Personal objectives will be agreed between yourself and the Team Leader and you will be responsible for maintaining your own professional development. This may result in the need for you to attend training courses from time to time, some of which will be mandatory.

Both full time (37.5 hrs) and part time (30hrs) contracts will be considered for this role.

Due to our location you must have your own transport.

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Current vacancies

Bank Healthcare Assistant Contracts Available.

£8.21 per hour

Assisting trained nursing staff in the care of specialist palliative care patients, you will be working with a small and friendly team  and have the time to devote to establishing professional relationships with our patients and their relatives, and to be involved in the clinical ‘hands-on’ care to meet the physical, psychosocial and wellbeing needs of our patients. 

You will be involved in staff meetings, assisting with clinical assessments and maintaining mandatory nursing records.  At all times, you will ensure the patients are treated with dignity, respect and understanding.  Previous healthcare experience would be advantageous, but full training and support will be provided and all staff are encouraged to participate in further training and development, as well as attend all mandatory training programmes.

You will possess excellent communication skills, flexibility and have a willingness to go the extra mile to ensure the comfort and safety of all our patients within the confines of established hospice policies and procedures.

We have a long-established relationship within our community and a strong reputation for providing excellent palliative care and support to assist with symptom control to maximise quality of life, end of life and respite.   If you have those special qualities to join our hardworking and friendly team, we would love to hear from you.  

The role is subject to an enhanced DBS check and you also need your own reliable transport as there is no public transport to get to and from the hospice.

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