Why work for us?
Be part of making the difference when it matters the most.
Find out everything you want to know, from benefits to pay and holiday, by checking out our frequently asked questions.
Top five reasons to work for us
Many organisations will tell you they’re one big family – but at Keech Hospice Care it really feels like it!
In a staff survey conducted for The Sunday Times Top 100 Not-for-Profit Organisations
to Work For, our employees said:
Top five reasons to become part of Keech Hospice Care's family.
- We value our employees’
ideas and listen to them.
It’s part of what we call our
‘Good to Great’ journey. As an employer, we want to be ‘Great’
so we’re always keen to learn
from our staff’s experiences and listen to their opinions. It means
we are constantly improving the
way we work for the good of our patients and supporters.
- The Sunday Times Top 100 survey told us our managers are supportive, open to ideas and value their team.
- We’re a mindful employer.
Acknowledging the pressures of working life, actively looking to support people to achieve a positive work/life balance. We offer flexible working and we have an Employee Assistance programme for anyone experiencing emotional, social or psychological difficulties. And we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer.
- We’re in a great location.
Work for us and you’ll have the best of both worlds. The hospice is surrounded by beautiful countryside and peaceful gardens, as we’re nestled amongst the fields on the outskirts of Luton. But we’re also on a direct train line to London, in an area which offers lower house prices and good schools.
- It’s fun to work at Keech Hospice Care!
It sounds a strange thing to say about a
hospice but Keech is definitely not a gloomy place – we’re an award-winning hospice, a
leader in our field and full of life. We involve everyone in everything we do. From our
huge, fun, participant-led fundraising events to our special days and celebrations like
Santa Day or one of our touching
Read about how we work together in our latest Keech Matters magazine to see how we are making a difference when it matters the most.
Yes, we do. We have an auto-enrolment scheme through Aegon. Currently, we offer a 5% contribution with 3% from employees. This is through a salary-exchange scheme which reduces costs for employees.
As a nurse, you might be worried about losing your NHS pension when you join us. But you can continue making contributions to that scheme and can transfer your NHS pension across with you, which we can help you to do.
A generous 29 days a year plus bank holidays (entitlement is pro rata for part-time employees). This increases to 30 days after five years of service.
- Contributory pension scheme (plus the option to continue an NHS pension)
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Cycle-to-work scheme
- Employee assistance programme
- Eye-test voucher scheme
- Staff representative group
- Excellent education programme and opportunities for further training
- Competitive salary
- Clinical supervision
- Excellent catering facilities offering hot meals, snacks and sandwiches
- Free car parking
Yes, our pay framework is designed to attract and reward the most capable and committed people. We have an incremental pay scale, with movement through based on individual performance and training.
Our salaries are comparable to the NHS pay scale so that we can attract and retain the best staff. We’re also flexible with shifts and give generous shift enhancements.
Our full-time equivalent is 37.5 hours per week and 40 hours per week in our retail shops. We offer full- and part-time opportunities across the organisation and are open to requests for flexible working.
We pride ourselves on ensuring our staff receive regular supervision and support from their line manager.
Due to the nature of our work, we are aware that, at times, staff may experience personal or professional issues. We know how important it is to look after our staff so we can continue giving excellent care to our patients and their families. That’s why we have a dedicated support programme and an employee assistance programme which provides practical information, resources and confidential counselling to all staff and their families. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over the phone and online.
We’re committed to giving opportunities to all staff, through regular training and development, to enhance their skills and further their careers with us. Along with mandatory training, we run internal and external courses, and you will have regular opportunities to discuss your personal development needs with your manager.
Yes, we’ll support you with your Nurse Revalidation process and also pay for your NMC registration subscription fee.
No, you shouldn’t be worried – the hospice and our work in the community offer many opportunities. You’ll have the time to care for and support our patients, and their family and friends. Our nurses talk about the way that, at Keech, they have time to give the care they’re trained to give. They can practise the full range of palliative-care skills. It’s a very different environment to what many nurses are used to.
“I was worried about leaving a hospital setting. I thought I’d lose some nursing skills, but I’ve developed so many more. I now have time to give proper holistic nursing care to my patients and their families which I couldn’t do in the NHS.” Nicky, children’s senior staff nurse at Keech Hospice Care