Your Questions Answered
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.
Does Willen Hospice have the same job banding as the NHS for its 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 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)
Generous holiday entitlement
Staff representative group
Opportunity to be part of a great team
Excellent catering facilities offering hot meals, snacks and sandwiches
Staff rewards scheme
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.