Careers

Join our friendly, professional team at Willen Hospice

When you join our team at Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes, you’ll be joining a dedicated and professional group of people who put caring at the heart of their day-to-day jobs, delivering excellent care to patients, families and their loved ones. Non-clinical colleagues are equally integral to the Willen Hospice team and their knowledge and commitment supports delivery of our vision.

We look for people who are passionate about improving our services, and we, in turn help our staff, to enhance skills in current roles and to further careers wherever possible.

We’re committed to ensuring our workforce feel equally valued and supported and people within our local communities can be confident that the services they receive are inclusive and responsive. We do this by investing in staff training and development as well as supporting employees to balance their work life with other commitments.

Find out what it’s like to work for Willen Hospice. Learn how we store and process your personal data. If you still have any questions, please see our FAQs below.

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Your Career Questions Answered
  • Does Willen Hospice have the same job banding as the NHS, for clinical staff?

    No, we have our own banding system for clinicians but the salaries are comparable to NHS ones. We review salaries annually with any adjustments effective in July.

  • What are the shift patterns for clinical staff?

    Clinicians working in the In-Patient Unit will be expected to work a shift pattern of earlies, lates and nights over a 7 day week, with nights worked in a block over a 2 week period in the 14 week cycle. The community nurses predominantly work a day-based shift pattern with early and late shifts over a 7 day week.

  • What is Milton Keynes like?

    Some of our staff have relocated to Milton Keynes to work at the hospice and have found it a great place to live. It has good schools, a great shopping centre including the famous SnoZone, theatre, vibrant night life, ice rink and many green, open spaces for cycling, walking, sailing and enjoying being outdoors.

  • What staff benefits does Willen Hospice offer?

    Beautiful lakeside location with extensive grounds

    Excellent education programme and opportunities for further training

    Contributory Pension Scheme (option to continue NHS Pension)

    Competitive salary

    Generous holiday entitlement

    Clinical Supervision

    Staff representative group

    Opportunity to be part of a great team

    Excellent catering facilities offering hot meals, snacks and sandwiches

    Staff rewards scheme

    Free parking

  • Does Willen Hospice have a pension scheme?

    Yes we offer two schemes: Staff coming from the NHS can retain membership of the NHS Pension Scheme and continue to contribute to their existing plan whilst working at Willen Hospice.

    All other staff have the option to join our second scheme provided by The Peoples Pension. This is a contributory scheme, with staff making a 3% contribution and the Hospice contributing 2%. There is the option for staff to contribute a higher percentage of 5% or 7% which would mean the Hospice would contribute 8%.
    What is the holiday entitlement at Willen Hospice?

    The entitlement starts at 35 days per year (including bank holidays) for full time staff. This increases to a maximum of 41 days per annum after 10 years service. (For ex-NHS staff, service with the NHS is taken into account when calculating leave entitlement).

  • What are the opportunities for career development at Willen Hospice?

    We are extremely supportive of training and development for all staff, both to enhance skills in their current roles and to further their career with us. We run internal courses as well as funding professional qualifications, and individuals have regular opportunities to discuss their personal development with their managers.
    What is ‘Supervision’?

    A large number of our staff work in a highly emotional environment and often benefit from the opportunity to talk through their experiences with a more senior colleague, reflecting on positives and learning from concerns. Staff have the opportunity to partake in individual or group supervision and can choose someone they feel comfortable with who is usually not their line manager.

  • Are there part-time opportunities?

    Yes, in almost every department we offer both full and part-time roles. Keep your eyes on current vacancies on our website for all job opportunities.

In a typical year...
£9
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.

Willen Hospice is a Registered Charity No. 270194 and is a Company Registered in England and Wales with Company No. 1231909

Willen Hospice, Milton Road, Willen Village, Milton Keynes, MK15 9AB