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

Working for our hospice

We’re looking for passionate, inspiring people who want to help our patients and their families. As well as job satisfaction, generous pension contributions and on-going personal and professional development opportunities, you’ll enjoy beautiful views, flexible working, two adorable donkeys, Dylan and Dudley, and our resident Hospice cats, Jasper and Willow. We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity.

We provide free onsite parking, teas and coffees and you can order freshly cooked subsidised meals from our Catering Team.  We have a café facility three days per week offering weekly specials, snacks and freshly baked cakes and speciality coffees.

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 NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE POSTING YOUR APPLICATION IN AN A4 ENVELOPE, YOU WILL NEED TO USE A ‘LARGE ENVELOPE’ STAMP AS USING A REGULAR FIRST CLASS STAMP WILL INCUR US A POSTAGE FINE OF £1.50 PER ITEM.  Thank you.

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.

Current Vacancies

Salary:  Basic hourly rate £10.47 + weekend enhancement increasing to £13.61 per hour

Hours of work: Saturdays, 7am to 6pm

At St Peter & St James Hospice we provide high quality specialist palliative and end of life care for patients with cancer and other life-limiting conditions across East and West Sussex.

Would you like to join our exceptional and friendly team of staff delivering our services with passion and commitment?

We have a vacancy for a Saturday Cook to provide nutritious meals to service users and staff. Previous experience is essential and if you have an awareness of special dietary requirements, this would be highly advantageous.  You must have a current Basic Food & Hygiene Certificate. You will need to be calm, organised and have some experience of managing staff as you will be responsible for our Kitchen Assistants.  You should have a full awareness of health and safety regulations to ensure the kitchen is fully compliant.  You will be expected to undergo all mandatory training at the Hospice.

Ideally you will be able to provide flexible holiday or absence cover for our other Cooks.

We are situated in the heart of ancient woodland in North Chailey, in the most beautiful and tranquil of settings.  You will need your own transport to get here, but parking is free.  Free teas and coffees, generous pension and 25 days annual leave + bank holidays calculated pro rata.

If you’d like to come and have a look around, please contact the HR Team to arrange a visit.  We are always proud to show visitors and prospective employees around our wonderful Hospice.

CLOSING DATE – 14th June, but this may be extended.

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JD – Cook Weekend

Current Vacancies

Head of Digital Transformation & Communications

Circa £40K per annum

37.5 hours per week, Mon-Fri.

St Peter & St James hospice is situated in the heart of the beautiful Sussex Countryside just outside Haywards Heath.  We offer expert palliative and end of life care services and support in our local community and here at our hospice.  We may be ‘out in the sticks’ but we are determined to make the most of digital and technological solutions that will enable our staff and volunteers to work flexibly, stay connected and share information and resources effectively.

The Head of Digital Transformation and Communications is a new role for us that will lead the development of a plan that will support our strategic ambitions, help to grow our services and reach more people.  You are positively invited to ‘disrupt’ the way we currently do things in order to maximise the benefits of digital and technological solutions in our work.  You will be at the heart of transforming our internal communications but also help make us much smarter in how we present ourselves to the outside world.  We want you to help us achieve our ambition to be paperless, help increase accuracy, streamlining systems and processes to free up time to focus on providing the person-centred care that is at the heart of what we do.

You will be involved in developing our stakeholder engagement and ability to demonstrate the impact and outcomes of our work.  You will also be involved in overseeing the delivery of our overall communications plan including: media and public relations, internal communications, brand marketing, advertising, marketing, digital and social media and production of materials

You’ll be joining a motivated and inspiring senior team of staff who are committed to bringing about innovation and change to ensure our services are sustainable for the future.

If you are interested in this role, please contact Vanessa Cowle, Head of Organisational Development & People Management.

Closing Date: Friday 31st May 2019

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Current Vacancies

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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Practice Educator

Circa £37K p.a. FTE

22.5 hours per week.

At St Peter & St James Hospice we provide high quality specialist palliative and end of life care for patients with cancer and other life-limiting conditions across East and West Sussex.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced professional to lead our Learning and Development services both internally at St Peter & St James Hospice and with health and social care staff working in the local community. Ideally with some experience in palliative and/or end of life care or with leadership experience you should also be in possession of a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Education (or similar) or have the drive to undertake this course of study.

You will work closely with the Director of Care, Head of Community Services, Medical Director and Training Co-ordinator in the planning, delivery and evaluation of a Learning & Development programme. Key external colleagues will be the members of the Hospice Education Collaborative: including membership from hospices across Kent, Surrey & Sussex and the University of Brighton.

You will work alongside and support clinical colleagues in a training capacity; role modelling evidence-based practice, developing their confidence and clinical skills to ensure they are providing the highest standard of clinical care and practice. You will have a key role in supporting audit activity and the wider clinical governance and assurance agenda.

The development of this role is directly related to the hospice’s clinical strategy aims: we want to be able to provide care for people in their own homes at the end of life, we want to broaden the skill mix of our current community team to enable more flexibility and ensure that the right professionals are supporting the appropriate people and we want to be able to offer more educational and developmental support to care homes in order to enable them to provide a high standard of palliative and end of life care. A key element to the introduction of this role will therefore be supporting the Head of Community Services to establish a care at home service with a team of well trained, confident and compassionate Care Assistants.

We are seeking a professional with considerable experience working in a multidisciplinary setting who is committed to holistic palliative care provision and partnership working. You will also have exceptional interpersonal skills and an effective, collaborative leadership style. If you are interested in developing your career in palliative care and would like to play a pivotal role in improving end of life care in our area then we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in this role, please speak to Anne Jackson, Director of Care or Vanessa Cowle, Head of Organisational Development & People Management.

Closing date: Friday 31st May 2019

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