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Lymphoedema Practitioner

Salary: £35,392 - £42,618 per annum + Generous holidays, Pension
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Winsley, Wiltshire
Posted date: Thursday 30 November 2023
Closing date: Thursday 21 December 2023
Start date: ASAP
Applications for this vacancy have now closed

Here at Dorothy House we provide compassionate care and support for people in our community with a life-limiting illness. Our focus is on quality of life, helping patients to live well and die well.

We're here for anyone in our community who's facing a life-limiting illness. Using our full breadth of service, we create individual care journeys which start at diagnosis and continue with bereavement support for family, carers and children.

LYMPHODEMA PRACTITONER | Band 6 £35,392 - 42,618 per annum (pro rata)

In this role you will be responsible for provision of specialist Lymphoedema management across the Dorothy House (DH) catchment area. This will be a band 6 role (Band 5 until completion of competencies).

  • To provide specialist Lymphoedema management and to be part of the Dorothy House Multi-disciplinary Team. This involves assessment, treatment and group facilitation.
  • To triage and accept referrals for palliative care patients with complex Lymphoedema needs from members of the Primary Health Care Team, hospital staff, Dorothy House staff and other professionals, as appropriate
  • To triage and accept appropriate referrals for non-palliative patients with Lymphoedema according to the contract with Integrated Care Boards (this may change annually)
  • To formulate and review personal treatment care plans that promote health and that take account of the patient's physical, spiritual, psychological and educational needs
  • To advise on skin care, exercise (Simple Lymphatic Drainage - SLD, Manual Lymphatic Drainage - MLD, compression therapy and other treatment options), and hosiery
  • To be available to provide Lymphoedema intervention in an inpatient, outpatient and community setting, dependent on the patient's and organisation's needs
  • To act in an advisory role, using the specialist knowledge regarding diagnosis and management of Lymphoedema. This will include advice and support to patients, carers and health care professionals within Dorothy House and within primary and s secondary health care
  • To work with Clinical Lead to identify areas of emerging practice that could be considered for use within Lymphoedema - Palliative and End of Life Care

See our full detailed Job Description on our website for more information.


This is a Part Time position. You will be contracted to work 22.5 hours per week. Working pattern options to be discussed at interview.

This role will be based both at our Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley, as well as include visiting patients at their homes in the community, and community clinics.


Essential requirements:

  • Registered First Level Nurse or Therapist
  • Professional State Registration (HCPC/NMC)
  • Experience of Lymphoedema management
  • Experience of working in the field of palliative care
  • Ability to practice hands on clinical skills and flexibly respond to covering of all areas of the Lymphoedema service
  • Valid driving licence (Due to home visits to Patients)

Desirable requirements:

  • Post Graduate training in palliative care
  • Experience of tissue viability


Dorothy House is an incredible place to work, these are just a few of our benefits that we offer to our staff:

  • Generous holiday allowance for all roles, increasing with length of service
  • Fantastic refer a friend scheme
  • Excellent industry leading training and development programmes with many career development opportunities
  • Pension with Life Assurance
  • Travel and parking - We offer 45p per mile for work travel. There is unlimited free parking in Winsley.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Counselling and Mindful Employer Charter - providing our staff with information, advice and support for those experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental health conditions.
  • Simply Health - Providing insurance against certain everyday healthcare costs such as dental and optical treatments.

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we'd love to see your application.

Closing date: 21st December 2023

Please note that our vacancies can close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. We therefore encourage early submission of your application.

Required skills for this position

At Dorothy House, the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity are central to our work as an outstanding care provider and employer. They are inherent in our values where we care, we connect and we create. We recognise the diversity of the people who deliver our services and the people who receive them. We believe that by building a diverse workforce, underpinned by a culture of respect, we will create an environment where everyone will have access to receive outstanding care and support from Dorothy House, regardless of characteristic.

Our 2021 Services Review identified how we need to work differently to achieve our strategic mission to ensure that “everyone has access to outstanding palliative and end of life care” and has presented us with an opportunity to improve on the “community development” work of the past and engage differently with our communities for the benefit of our patients, carers and families. Put another way, this is our moment ‘to do things differently’ and we are embracing this through Asset Based Community Development. We expect all staff to embrace this strategy and we will provide training accordingly.

What happens next

Step 1

Your application will be processed. One of the team from Dorothy House may contact you to discuss your application further

Step 2

If selected, you will be invited to attend an interview

Step 3

We will keep you informed of the progress of your application throughout the selection process

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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