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When most people hear the word ‘hospice’, they picture the doctors and nurses who look after people at end of life, and – while it’s right these experts are prized for all they do for those in their care – working behind the scenes is an army of other hardworking staff, plus dedicated volunteers and of course the generous supporters, equally essential to delivering such a vital service. Learn more in our latest blog.

Have you got what it takes to make a difference and join our award-winning team, today or in the future? Explore below why St Luke’s is an Employer of Choice and keep an eye out for future vacancies.

Our roles

Casual Catering Assistants

  • 32 Days Left
  • Updated: 28/11/2023
  • Ref: 887614
  • Expiry Date: 31/12/2023
  • Location: Turnchapel, Plymouth
  • Salary: 10.51 an hour (plus 12.07% holiday alowance)
  • Hours: As and when required
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Casual Catering Assistants

A friendly smile and a comforting cuppa can help lift local families going through the toughest of times.

Could you be the casual Catering Assistant we need for our talented team at Turnchapel?

It’s not just the medical care we give our patients that helps them feel as at ease as possible. For those we look after at Turnchapel, it is about creating a welcoming haven, the ‘home from home’ they need so they can be themselves, get the most from every day and spend quality time with loved ones.

Could you be the casual Catering Assistant St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is seeking to work with our friendly, talented Catering team as and when required? If you want to use your catering experience in a more meaningful way and be in control of when and how much you work, this could just be your perfect role.

We are proud to have gained the 5-star standard from Environmental Health for our busy kitchen and Driftwood Café for patients, visitors and staff.

This is a catering job like no other, where a smile and friendly chat with a patient on the ward or a welcome cup of tea for their visitors can make a vital difference to people going through the toughest of times. You could even be wheeling our famous drinks trolley, making sure our patients get to enjoy their favourite tipple each day!

Working at the heart of our hospice, you will be part of a supportive team in a positive, uplifting environment in stunning surroundings.

To deliver and maintain the high standards of St Luke’s, our kitchen is staffed between 9am and 6.30pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This is covered on a set rota, so a degree of flexibility is required from the successful candidate.

Closing Date: open ended

Nursing Associate

  • 32 Days Left
  • Updated: 28/11/2023
  • Ref: 941506
  • Expiry Date: 31/12/2023
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Salary: £24,264 - £26,630 pa pro rata
  • Hours: Various hours available
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Nursing Associate


Are you a seeking a new opportunity where you can make a vital difference?

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is recruiting a Band 4 Nursing Associate to join the highly respected, friendly nursing team at our inpatient unit (IPU) in the beautiful setting of Turnchapel, Plymouth.

Our IPU team prides itself on providing palliative and end of life care of the highest standard for patients with complex care needs, relieving their pain and maintaining their dignity. As a result, the IPU enjoys a particularly good nurse to patient ratio (typically 1:3) to support this standard of care.

The Nursing Associate role is relatively new at St Luke's so we are seeking a resilient individual who can help us shape and develop the role for the future. You will be given a structured orientation program from our dedicated team supported by Practice Educators to further develop your skills, confidence and competencies in patient care.

While the role we are recruiting to is a challenging one, it is highly rewarding and you will be part of a supportive team working in a positive environment where all our staff and volunteers are valued. Internal rotation to nights and weekends will be a requirement of the post.

In return, you’ll benefit from excellent opportunities to develop your skills, plus the chance to continue membership of the NHS Pension Scheme for existing members.

Working with us, you will receive an attractive employment package: seven weeks’ annual leave (including bank holidays) rising with service, free onsite parking, and membership of a cashback health plan.

For an informal discussion about the role, please email or

Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced clearance will be required for this post.

Closing Date: Open ended. We will close when a significant number of applications have been received.

1st interviews: TBC

2nd interviews: TBC

Specialty Doctor

  • 0 Days Left
  • Updated: 28/11/2023
  • Ref: 957152
  • Expiry Date: 29/11/2023
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Salary: £51,000 - £80,000 pa pro rata
  • Hours: 4.6 sessions per week
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Specialty Doctor

Joining the dedicated team at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth could be one of the most life-enhancing moves you ever make.

We are regarded as a leader among hospices, and recognise and value our staff and volunteers who together make a vital difference to patients and their families when it matters most.

As innovative as we are compassionate, we pioneered the integrated approach to specialist palliative care that’s since been widely adopted by many other hospices, delivering high-quality seamless care for patients at home, in hospital and in hospice settings.

We are looking for a suitable clinician to join our medical team. The post is based at Turnchapel, our inpatient unit set in beautiful grounds with stunning views over the water. Ideally, you will have experience in palliative care or related specialties, but training in palliative care will be provided.

If you are a doctor who has worked in general practice, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop specialist skills in end of life medical care, working as part of a team renowned for its professionalism, kindness and camaraderie.

It’s an exciting time to join St Luke’s as we expand and develop our service to help us meet our vision of ‘a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress’.

You’ll be part of a team committed to sharing its specialist knowledge to help shape the healthcare professionals of tomorrow, including fourth-year students of Peninsula Medical School.

St Luke’s are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where everyone can bring their whole selves to work.

We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in St Luke’s workforce.

These include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people and LGBTQ+ people.


Closing date: 29 November 2023

Interviews: TBC

For more information please contact:

Dr Doug Hooper, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, 01752 436744 / 436735

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I just really love it. I’ve never really not enjoyed my job. I think it’s everything, it’s the environment; the people; the patients; the visitors; the volunteers. There never goes a day that I don’t look forward to coming into work.

The environment here is a very positive proactive environment in which to work in. Everyone is listened to, everyone is valued. Everyone who works here strives to uphold our core values.

Vision and values

Our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress.

We work within our community in partnership with others to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for people affected by a life-limiting illness, by delivering and influencing exceptional care.

Our values of professionalism, respect, compassion and integrity underpin all that we do, ensuring we provide the best possible care to as many local people as we can reach, living and dying with a terminal illness.

Benefits and rewards

As valued members of the St Luke’s team, our staff enjoy a wide range of benefits and rewards.

As well as generous annual leave and pension schemes, there’s a fantastic health scheme providing access to a GP, counselling and practical information helplines 24/7, plus a contribution to the costs of your everyday health, such as eye tests, dental work and physiotherapy. Find out more!

There’s lots more too, but don’t just take our word for it – listen to what our staff have to say…

Meet the team

Message from the CEO

At St Luke’s, it’s our people who make us the outstanding organisation we are.

We are an employer of distinction and choice that values our staff and the contribution they make, recognising they are more than job titles and role descriptions.

When you work for St Luke’s, you are an important part of our team and your health and wellbeing matter to us – as does your learning and development. We’re committed to providing a supportive environment where you can feel and do your best every day. Watch our short video to see one of the ways we like to show our staff they’re appreciated!

Interview lined up? You’ll be keen to shine and show off all you know about our organisation!

There are many facets to St Luke’s, the services we provide and the partners with whom we collaborate. For a deep dive into where we are aiming for in the next five years, take a look at our strategy.

Alternatively, if you’d rather watch than read, simply check out the videos on our YouTube channel.

Why not volunteer?

All our latest job vacancies are listed here but if you can’t find anything that suits you at the moment, why not volunteer with us?

Our wonderful volunteers make a huge contribution to St Luke’s and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them! They generously give their time to help at our reception, in our café and at our distribution centre as well as across our charity shops. In return they make new friends, learn extra skills and gain valuable experience that enhances their CVs.

We value and respect the diversity of our employees and welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender identity and gender expression (including women and trans people, including non-binary people), race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

We understand that people perform better when they can be themselves and that by creating an environment that includes everyone, our staff will perform to their full potential.

We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.