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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.

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Our roles

Care Assistant

  • 12 Days Left
  • Updated: 06/07/2022
  • Ref: 765405
  • Expiry Date: 19/07/2022
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Salary: £18,674 - £19,706 pa (exact point dependent on experience)
  • Hours: 37.5
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Care Assistant

St Luke's Hospice Plymouth has a Care Assistant vacancy available within the Inpatient unit of the Hospice based at Turnchapel, Plymouth. The successful applicant will be required to work a combination of early, late & night shifts, and weekends, with internal rotation.

Applicants must possess previous care experience and be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, together with the ability to be part of a team. A commitment to the work of the Hospice is essential along with NVQ 2 or equivalent in a health related subject.

In return, employment with St Luke's Hospice offers excellent opportunities to develop your skills, a challenging working environment, a supportive team and the chance to continue membership of the NHS Pension Scheme for existing members.

As a staff member of St Luke's, you will receive an attractive employment package, which includes 7 weeks annual leave rising with service (inc. bank hols) and membership to a cash back health plan. St Luke's is committed to the development of its staff.

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

Closing Date: 19 July 2022

1st Stage Interviews: TBC

2nd Stage Interviews: TBC

Catering Assistant

  • 4 Days Left
  • Updated: 06/07/2022
  • Ref: 770586
  • Expiry Date: 11/07/2022
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Salary: £19,184 pa pro rata
  • Hours: Various part time hours available, to be discussed at interview
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Catering Assistant


St Luke’s at Turnchapel requires a catering assistant to work in their busy kitchen and Driftwood café, providing nutritional meals to the patients in our Specialist Unit as well as snacks and meals in the Driftwood café, that serves visitors, families and staff.

St Luke’s Hospice are proud to have gained 5 star standard from the environmental health for their kitchen and café, demonstrating the high standards they have for food hygiene, safety procedures, structural compliance, management of procedures and training records of the staff.

As the successful candidate you will work as part of the team to meet deadlines and ensure the high standard of food is maintained. You will be expected to go on to the wards, talk to the patients and find out what they would like to eat, taking into account any special dietary requirements.

To deliver and maintain the high standards at St Luke’s, the kitchen and café are manned between the hours of 9:30 and 18.30, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This is covered on a 4 day on, 4 day off, set rota - no evening work required. A degree of flexibility is required from the successful candidate.

Cook experience is desirable as there may occasionally be the opportunity to act up.

St Luke’s is committed to the development of its staff and the successful candidate will be keen to develop their skills and undertake appropriate training as required.

Closing Date: 11 July 2022

1st Stage Interviews: TBC

2nd Stage Interviews: TBC

End of Life Healthcare Assistant

  • 10 Days Left
  • Updated: 06/07/2022
  • Ref: 772993
  • Expiry Date: 17/07/2022
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Salary: £18,674 - £19,706 pa pro rata
  • Hours: Various hours available
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End of Life Healthcare Assistant

Full and Part-time hours

Permanent hours or fixed term hours available for 12 months

Internal applicants can apply with an expression of interest detailing how you meet the criteria in the job description via an email to

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, well-motivated individuals who are interested in end-of-life care.

St Luke's is delivering on its vision of a ‘Hospice without Walls’ with the support of its End-of-Life Urgent Care Team, as a Healthcare Assistant for the End-of-Life Urgent Care Service you will assist in supporting community-based end of life (EOL) patients in meeting their preferred place of care/death and prevent inappropriate admission to secondary care.

Whilst this role can be busy and challenging, there is great reward in helping make a real difference at the end of a person’s life by caring for them in their own homes and preferred place of care/death.

St Luke’s is a friendly,?dynamic,?and progressive organisation, where innovation and a ‘can-do’ ethos is championed; we would value those with the desire to work in this specialist area.?

As a staff member of St?Luke’s,?you will receive an attractive employment package, which includes 7 weeks annual leave rising with service (inc. bank hols) and membership to a cash back health plan.

We would encourage informal discussions regarding this post with the Clinical Lead Mandy Ward or Deputy Clinical Lead Alison Hannaford - 01752964200

Closing date: 17 July 2022

1st Interviews: 21 July 2022

2nd interview –TBC


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.