Working with us

Working with us

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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Counselling lead

Rural Location:   Own transport essential, no public transport
Salary:    £29,000 PA
Hours of work:  37.5 hours over five days
Option to Job Share:   Yes
Contract Type:   Full-time, Permanent
Work remotely: Occasionally
Closing date:  05/02/2021 please note that this position may close earlier due to receiving a high number of applicants

Interviews will be held: Week commencing Monday 15th February 2021

What does a Counselling Lead at St Peter & St James Hospice do?

The Counselling Lead will work as part of a team responsible for ensuring a safe, effective, caring, responsive and quality counselling and family support service.  

The key duties include:

  • Leading on the delivery of counselling support to children and young people
  • Collaborating with others as part of a multi-disciplinary team focused on providing person-centred care and support
  • Co-delivery of a pre and post bereavement counselling service.
  • Co-delivery of the family support telephone and befriending services.
  • Assisting in the recruitment and training of counselling volunteers, qualified and trainees.
  • Supervising volunteer counsellors and volunteer family supporters.


Who are we looking for? 

  • AttainmentsAccredited counsellor with either BACP or UKCP.  A supervision qualification.
  • Soft skills – Proven ability to work in a collaborative way within a multi-professional team/framework.  Positive experience of working alongside volunteers and involving them in service provision 
  • Job-specific capabilities –  Understanding and proven experience of providing pre and post bereavement support services; experience of working alongside and supporting volunteers; good IT capability and willingness to learn new systems
  • Personality traits – A collaborator and team player, calm under pressure and able to plan and prioritise work effectively
  • Friendly, positive and willing with a “can-do” attitude
  • Enthusiasm to work proactively as part of a team as well as on own initiative
  • Willing to act as an ambassador for the charity 
  • Ability to coach, support, develop and motivate team members
  • Desire to inspire and lead by example
  • Self-motivated and resilient deals with challenges with a positive and proactive outlook


Please view the full Counselling Lead Advert and click here to apply before 05/02/2021.