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A typical day

Depending on whether you work on our inpatient unit or out in the community, you will either look after patients at Winsley or in their own homes. You will assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care. This will include pain management, emotional and psychological support and spending time discussing with patients what is most important to them, ensuring all care is patient-led.

Our values

We Care

for one another with compassionate, purposeful and authentic leadership

We Connect

with each other and across our organisation to deliver excellence

We Create

opportunities to innovate, learn and develop together

At Dorothy House the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity are inherent to our values, and central to our work as an outstanding care provider and employer.

Employee support

We know that encouraging a good work life balance and offering comprehensive wellbeing support is paramount to getting the most from our people.  We offer employees access to a 24/7 confidential support helpline, a suite of wellbeing resources, and free financial wellbeing sessions with an independent financial adviser. Our support teams are always there to provide help and advice, so you always feel part of the wider Hospice team.

Life as

As a Dorothy House nurse, you will be an integral part of our clinical team, rated as ‘Outstanding’ by CQC. We have roles based out in the community or on our inpatient unit. You will use a patient-centred approach to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care. As well as co-ordinating care, you will provide emotional and psychological support to patients and carers.

Kate Tyas, a nurse on our inpatient unit in Winsley, shares her thoughts on working in end of life and palliative care

Benefits & support

Salary

We offer competitive salaries across all of our roles, reviewed annually.

Holiday

We offer a generous holiday allowance for all roles, starting at 27 days (plus public holidays) and increasing with length of service up to 33 days.

Pension

If you contribute 3% to your Aviva pension scheme, we will contribute 7%. Or you can bring your NHS pension with you.

Life Assurance

Death in service scheme providing a payment of 2 ½ annual salary to your loved ones.

Travel and parking

We offer 45p per mile (currently enhanced due to fuel costs) for work travel. There is unlimited free parking in Winsley.

Cycle to work Scheme

Through a “salary sacrifice” scheme you can buy a bike with great discounts.

Employee Counselling Scheme

Offering up to six free counselling sessions, either face-to-face or online.

Mindful Employer Charter

Providing access to information, advice, local support and training to help staff experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

Refreshments

At Winsley we offer subsidised freshly cooked meals and snacks.

Staff discount

25% discount on purchases in our shops and our Ubiety range.

Wellbeing resources

A suite of wellbeing resources, advice and support is available to all on our intranet.

Learning & development

We offer all clinical staff a full induction programme and access to a variety of leadership, mentoring and coaching opportunities. All staff are offered clinical supervision, as well as regular clinical updates covering all aspects of palliative and end of life care.

Elaine Kynaston - healthcare professional talking with patient
Every day is different and challenging, and I feel privileged to be let into the lives and homes of our patients

Elaine Kynaston, Dorothy House carer

Dorothy House is at the end of a phone whenever you need advice or reassurance. There’s just something about all the staff – they’re so approachable.

Angela Selman, DH patient, 2022

I was a Hospice at Home carer for thirty years. I think we all feel privileged to do it. It’s an honour to be with people at the very end of life.

Maggie Matthews, Dorothy House carer

I cannot put into words what a difference your carers made at such a dark time, and I will always be truly grateful.

Family of a patient, 2021

Anyone who works for Dorothy House is passionate about what we do. We’re like a family –we agree on our values and our mission and that comes through more than anything

Sue Spanswick, Dorothy House carer

It sounds a cliché, but every day really is totally different and I get to work with some amazing people

Debbie Russell, Mobile Deputy Shop Manager

I really wanted to work for Dorothy house after seeing first-hand the quality of care they provided. I applied for hospice at home carer role, and was thrilled to be offered a position.

Julia Harper, Dorothy House carer

My role at Dorothy House feels more meaningful than any of my previous corporate experience. Things here really matter, and it is so rewarding playing my part in helping us be there for patients and families

Rhiannon Eveleigh, Corporate Communications, 2022

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