The staff at Willen Hospice are passionate about their mission of being ‘always there to care’. Some staff have concerns when applying for a job in a Hospice, fearing that working with terminally ill patients could be depressing. In reality, they find that Willen is light, bright, and full of positivity and laughter.
Staffing ratios on the In-Patient Unit are higher than in the NHS. We aim to maintain a higher proportion of qualified staff, supported by a team of auxiliaries and volunteers. This ensures that staff have more time to interact with both patients, carers and their families, and are able to offer higher quality nursing care.
The Willen team
There are many different roles within Willen Hospice and many do not require direct patient contact. In addition to the clinical teams there is a large network of staff supporting day to day running, income generation and administration. These staff may even be based in different buildings. However, they are all part of the Willen Team tasked with a common aim to ensure provision of the best possible care for patients.
Could you be a Willen person?
Although the mix of roles here is very varied, all team members demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for the work they do, each playing a critical role in the delivery of our overall mission. Our standards are high; we expect a commitment to doing the best job possible, continually looking to improve the way we operate to ensure our patients can benefit from the highest standards of care. A positive approach, a good sense of humour and a desire to work as part of the team are essential! If you enjoy being part of a motivated team then Willen has a lot to offer.
Please do take a look at our current vacancies page to see if there is a role for you. If you’d like to find out more, see our Questions and Answers below.
I always try to convey how much reward there is working with a great team of people, all of whom do their utmost to improve a person's quality of life; it is an immense privilege......
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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