"When I first started working for Birmingham St Mary’s, the thing that surprised me most was how much positivity there is here. Too many people think hospices are all doom and gloom but that couldn’t be further from the truth." - Emily

Here at the Hospice, we have a variety of roles across a diverse range of professions. To see our current vacancies, please click here.

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Hours of work

The full time hours of work are 37.5 per week (40 for doctors), but many employees of the Hospice work part-time hours according to the needs of the role and department.


Payment is directly into your bank account on the last working day of the month. December’s payment is usually made earlier. Please be advised that the Hospice has its own pay band which are different to NHS pay bands.

Annual Leave

27 days per annum on appointment, rising to 29 days after 5 years’ service and 33 days after 10 years’ service, pro rata for those working part time hours. Previous service with the NHS is taken into account when calculating entitlements.

There are 8 Bank Holidays also, pro rata for part time staff.

Pension Schemes

Automatic enrolment - NEST - Due to changes in pension legislation, with effect from 1 July 2014 (providing you are eligible), you will be automatically enrolled into the NEST Pension Scheme. Whilst enrolment is automatic, should you not wish to be a member of the NEST pension, you may subsequently opt out.

NHS - Provided you meet the qualification criteria set out by NHS Pensions, employees who currently contribute to the NHS Pension Scheme will be eligible to apply to continue these contributions. Please note Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is a Direction Employer of NHS Pension and consequently there may be some differences in benefits. Further information is available in the “Scheme Guide” published by NHS Pensions Agency which is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs/uk/pensions. The NHS pension scheme is a qualifying scheme for auto enrolment purposes.

Scottish Widows - The Hospice also has a Scottish Widows Pension Scheme available for all staff following three months of service. The Scottish Widows pension scheme is a qualifying scheme for auto enrolment purposes. I enclose an information booklet and an invitation to join form.

Pay during sickness

Employees are entitled to receive statutory sick pay (SSP) provided they earn above the Inland Revenue minimum, revised annually, following three statutory qualifying days. For the first three months of your employment, you will be entitled to SSP only for days off sick over and above the statutory qualifying days. Following a three month qualifying period, employees receive occupational sick pay which includes SSP and their basic pay plus average enhancements earned prior to the sickness.  Entitlement to this increases with service and is as follows:

  • Everyone is entitled to one month’s full pay and one month’s half pay (plus SSP) in the first and second year of employment, following the initial three months’ qualifying period.
  • In years 3 and 4 this entitlement will increase to two months’ full pay and two months’ half pay (plus SSP).
  • In year 5 this will increase to three months’ full pay and three months’ half pay.

Learning and development

The Hospice is committed to the continued training and development of its staff and you will be supported in undertaking this when it is essential or beneficial to your role or personal development, identified through the appraisal process in line with our Learning and Development Policy. All staff will have an annual appraisal with their Line Manager.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The Hospice has an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group to ensure we provide inclusive and accessible services, and create a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The Hospice celebrates a variety of cultural events including Eid, Chinese New Year, Hanukkah and Pride.

There is a Spiritual Room onsite which can be used by our employees to support them in observing their culture.

The Hospice also arranges a variety of speakers to share knowledge with staff and volunteers. Examples include End of Life Needs in the Chinese Community and Providing Services to the LGBT Community.

Blue Light Card

Hospice employees are eligible to purchase a Blue Light Card for £4.99 which is valid for a period of 5 years. The card offers discounts in the high street and online with many well-known brands including Apple, New Look, Virgin and Go Outdoors.

Healthcare Discounts

Hospice employees have access to this benefit which provides discounts on a range of different products including car insurance, holidays, mobile phones and fashion items. There is no registration fee and the benefit is also open to volunteers.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employees have free access to a helpline which provides access to a counselling service and offers professional support. They can give advice on a range of issues, including (but not limited to): emotional support, stress, relationship difficulties, bereavement, family difficulties, anxiety, debt, and legal advice.


If you are offered employment with the Hospice, you will be asked to bring in documentary evidence of your relevant qualifications for the post. This will be photocopied and a copy will be placed on your personnel file.

Childcare Vouchers

Staff paying for care for their children may choose to take part of their salary in childcare vouchers up to a specified maximum amount. The amount of salary taken as vouchers is free from national insurance contributions thereby saving the employee money. Details of this scheme are available on request.

Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund (BHSF)

The Hospice is a member of this healthcare scheme which provides financial support for a range of healthcare costs such as dental, optical, hospital stays and others. You make a monthly payment through the payroll and may claim benefits according to certain criteria – just ask, if you are interested.


There is a dining room available where you may buy food such as hot meals, salads and sandwiches at very reasonable prices.   You may also bring your own lunch and eat it in the dining room.

There are varying arrangements for tea and coffee in the different teams across the Hospice – your new colleagues will be happy to explain theirs. Chilled drinking water is freely available from water units placed around the Hospice and there are vending machines and a coffee bar in the Butterfly Lounge – a sitting area used by staff, volunteers and visitors.

Car parking

Car parking is free at the Hospice but we ask you to use the rear car park whenever possible to leave the front free for patients and their visitors.