Careers at St Leonard's Hospice

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About us

Working at St Leonard’s Hospice is more than a job. We are passionate about supporting people facing life-limiting illnesses and bereavement. We are committed to our communities and helping even more people access our unrivalled care.

Our diverse and friendly team work together as One Hospice, putting patients and families at the centre of everything we do – from our nursing team fulfilling one last dying wish, to our charity shops selling pre-loved goods to help raise vital funds. All the time supported by a dedicated team of volunteers who give their time to help a cause close to their hearts and to learn new skills.

Our Benefits

Competitive salary (our pay is above NHS rates)

Attractive pension (including NHS pension subject to eligibility)

Free parking

Up to 41 days annual leave per year

Professional membership fees paid

Life assurance – 2.5x annual salary

Enhanced maternity pay in line with NHS scheme

Free drinks and subsidised meals

24 hour Employee Assistance Programme for you and your family including legal and financial advice

Reward and Recognition scheme including huge discounts, salary sacrifice schemes and health plans

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Our recent starters said…


Said they would recommend the Hospice as a good place to work


Said they are proud to work for the Hospice

Julie Dale, Head of Community Services.

“The Hospice has always had a pull as I used to inspect here. I have been incredibly well supported. Despite lots of experience, it is still daunting taking on a new role. I have a work-life balance at the Hospice with flexibility, and my suggestions and ideas are really welcomed.”

James Rushby, Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

“It’s fantastic to be working in an environment where there’s the appetite and energy to innovate. You are encouraged to do things differently and you are respected for your skills and knowledge. I love being back here, working alongside amazing people I hugely respect."

Steve Harrison, Corporate Services Manager.

“At 19 years old, I left a job at a restaurant in York for a catering role at the Hospice and 34 years later I am still here! St Leonard’s is a place I love, particularly as a result of the care given to patients and support provided to members of staff.”

Nicola Fenton, Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

“I love the fact we are a small team committed to giving patients the best care. Everyone is really lovely and welcoming. I have many ideas and it is great to be given the autonomy to implement them. I have ambitions for the future and it’s great to be in an environment where your development is so well supported.”

Sarah Baldock, Retail Support and Training Manager.

“I’ve always loved working here, there are lots of exciting opportunities in the retail team. The Hospice became even more important to me after my mum was cared for by Hospice@Home. Working here became a lot more personal after that – this is why I go to work.”

Learning and Development

Learning and development is really important to ensure we have the right skills in place to provide the best care for our patients. We are dedicated to supporting our teams to reach their full potential.

From induction to formal training up to Master’s degree level, we give you the skills to be the best you can be. Here are just a few of the development opportunities we offer:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Comprehensive induction programme
  • Regular supervision/ coaching
  • E-learning
  • CPD support
  • Study days
  • Formal training up to Master’s Degree level
  • Peer, mentor, line manager support

Our Values

St Leonard’s CARES. Our culture is rooted in our values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Synergy, in terms of how we operate and interact with patients, families and each other


Yes of course! We are always keen to hear from people with a wide range of skills. Whilst we may not have a live vacancy now, we have colleagues working in a wide range of roles from catering and communications, to clinical and care. Send us your CV and we will add you to our talent pool for 6 months – if during this time we have a vacancy we think might be of interest to you we will let you know!
Step 1 – Apply for your chosen role by completing our application form.
Step 2 – We will let you know once we have received this and let you know if you have been shortlisted.
Step 3 – If you are shortlisted you will be invited to an interview with us.
Step 4 – We’ll then complete all of the required pre-employment checks for successful candidates.
Step 5 – Congratulations! It’s time to start.
Our selection process is designed to help bring out the best in our candidates so we get to see the real you! The interview panel (normally two to three people) will ask you a number of questions to learn more about your skills and experience and how they match the needs of the role you have applied for.
In a nutshell - be yourself! Don’t put yourself under too much pressure, remember we’re just people too and we understand that interviews can be stressful. Don’t forget to prepare, and be on time.
Once we have made an offer, we are keen to get you started as part of the team as soon as possible. But we do need to make sure all checks are completed before we can finalise an offer. This includes references, DBS checks (where relevant), right to work in the UK and medical clearance from Occupational Health.

Can’t find the role for you?

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