Hospice Practitioners – full/ part time

Closing date for applications: ongoing

Interview Date: tbc


Please note this role falls within the requirement to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 1st April 2022 (subject to medical exemptions).



We are seeking to appoint hospice practitioners to provide care for patients on our in-patient unit and also to support our community-facing Hospice@Home service.  Based at the hospice, successful applicants will work with the existing team of experienced Hospice Practitioners, Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Trainees and Consultants in Palliative Medicine to ensure patients receive responsive and high quality care.

The posts are to build on our existing team and enable us to innovate and develop services for the future, and hours/sessions can be agreed to suit the needs of the organisation and the availability of applicants.  A number of our current practitioners work in general practice alongside their work within the Hospice.

Applicants may be either doctors with post-registration experience, or an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) with post-qualification clinical experience. Experience within palliative care would be an advantage however your over-riding quality will be that you are committed to providing high quality care and putting our patients and their families at the center of all clinical decision making.

Evidence of working with a multi-disciplinary team and using excellent communication skills are key, alongside experience in clinical governance, education and advance care planning.  A willingness to be involved in all aspects of the Hospice and its work is also desired.




  • To provide clinical care to patients at St Leonard’s Hospice, alongside the multi-professional team
  • To provide clinical input as required to the Sunflower Centre (Day Hospice) patients at St Leonard’s Hospice (please note this service is currently suspended)
  • To provide support and advice to community and hospital palliative care teams and other professionals as required.
  • To support and advise any medical colleagues who are less experienced in palliative medicine
  • Liaise with other healthcare professionals to plan and deliver treatment in keeping with the patient’s wishes.
  • To participate in the non-resident on-call rota
  • To participate actively in multi-professional discussions and meetings
  • To maintain and administer medical/clinical records as per Hospice policy
  • To ensure confidentiality of information is preserved at all times, whether at, or away from work
  • To be involved in audit, research and quality improvement programmes as appropriate
  • To help ensure that the high standard of clinical care and support for carers and families at the Hospice is maintained


Professional / Management

  • To work closely with the Medical Director to ensure provision of medical/clinical input throughout the Hospice
  • To support the development of clinical governance, including evidencing a commitment to clinical audit, risk management, staff development, within the Hospice governance framework
  • To participate in the annual appraisal system for medical staff via York Teaching Hospitals Trust, or through an existing Responsible Officer (by agreement).  For ACPs this will be internal annual appraisal and Revalidation through the NMC or other governing body.
  • To read, understand and follow all Hospice policies and procedures.
  • To positively promote, support and represent the Hospice especially within the community, and to maintain the philosophy, ethos and values.



  • Attend all mandatory training or courses
  • To participate in internal education sessions (attending and delivering) and attend external study days as appropriate
  • To assist in delivering undergraduate teaching for medical student placements in the hospice


Additional Information

  • The post-holder must participate in the on-call rota. The on-call commitment is to St Leonard Hospice Inpatient Unit.  When on-call, the post-holder will have consultant cover.  On call is currently 1 in 6 and is non-resident.
  • Prospective Cover – Doctors provide prospective cover for each other’s leave.  Additional weekday and on-call sessions worked to back-fill other forms of leave attracts sessional payment at the usual rate.
  • This post will provide adequate medical staffing levels such that Hospice Doctors will be expected to contribute to indirect care (for example, via audit, writing and reviewing policies & procedures, guideline development, teaching, governance).


Study & Training

  • The Hospice is committed to continuous professional development, and will grant appropriate study leave with funding for this purpose whenever possible.
  • The hospice has access to online learning through York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and via Relias e-learning modules.  Multi-disciplinary education sessions are also regularly organised at the Hospice.


Hospice Practitioner Candidate brief

Application Instructions

Application Form

Criminal Records Declaration

Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form