East Lancashire Hospice

Head of Support and Wellbeing Therapies

Post title: Head of Support and Wellbeing Therapies
Responsible to: Clinical Service Director 
Type of contract: Permanent 
Hours:  Full time - 30 - 37.5 (Negotiable)
Salary: Full time 37.5 - £49,447 - £52,354 dependent on experience  Pro Rata: £39,557.60 - £41,883.20

Closing date: Friday 21st June 2024
Interview date: TBC 

This post involves regular, direct unsupervised access to vulnerable adults and therefore is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

East Lancs Hospice

East Lancashire Hospice is a registered charity, founded in 1984. We support and care for patients with a life limiting illness, their families and others close to them. We provide this in a number of ways; at the hospice and in people’s own homes across our community of Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

With approximately 120 employees and over 250 volunteers, our people are our biggest asset whom we value tremendously. Our services to the local community would not be possible without our motivated and caring workforce who always strive to deliver excellence in all that they do. The hospice is a unique and special place, kindness and compassion are qualities that run throughout the hospice and our people truly believe in what we do.

Head of Support & Wellbeing Therapies

As part of service review and the increasing emphasis on provision of hospice care in our community, we have an exciting new opportunity for a forward-thinking individual, passionate about the development of excellence in palliative and end of life care and with well-developed post-registration clinical experience to have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of our Support & Wellbeing Therapies incorporating Creative and Support Therapies (CaST) Complementary Therapy, Family Support (Counselling and Bereavement Support) and Befriending Volunteers

You will be responsible for:

  • the provision of safe, responsive, excellent patient support and wellbeing interventions that recognise and reflect people’s rights to choice, independence and self-determination
  • Achieving excellence by supporting the team to be the best they can be, working to current best practice and processes but always striving for excellence through continuous professional and personal development.
  • Leading the delivery of individualised interventions ensuring all support and wellbeing provision remains focused on enabling people to attain the goals they set themselves, plan ahead, celebrate achievement and make the most of life, hospice services and those within our wider community

The Successful Candidate

The ideal candidate will have recent experience working in the field of Palliative and End of Life Care for people with a wide range of life limiting illness/­complexity in addition to:

  • An active professional qualification relevant to the fields
  • Well-developed team leadership / management skills
  • A strong understanding and commitment to the benefits of therapeutic interventions 
  • Enthusiasm and drive to develop the service across our communities

What we offer

If you would like to be part of a CQC outstanding rated organisation then this could be the role for you.

We have an excellent, collaborative working environment with a generous holiday allowance of 27 days + Bank Holidays with the option to buy additional days. You will have access to learning and development opportunities, ongoing training, wellbeing support and funded access to a private health scheme. There is also onsite parking and an onsite Café with reduced staff prices.

Aside from the terms and conditions detailed above, you will joining a very special and unique organisation, where people are at the heart of everything we do.


We support an inclusive and holistic working environment and aim to empower our people to bring their authentic self to work. We are committed to this and so encourage applications from all individuals with the required skills for the role inclusive of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, colour, caste, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, socio-economic background, trade union membership status, marriage, and civil partnerships.  ELH is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and volunteers.


For further information relating to the job duties, please refer to the job description by clicking ‘Job Description’ below.

If you wish to apply for this post, please complete an application form or send your CV directly to Recruitment@Eastlancshospice.org.uk

Please make sure you specify which job you are applying for and include supporting information outlining your relevant skills and experience applicable to the job.

Please note that references will not be contacted at this stage, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

All enquiries and further information regarding the above can be obtained from the recruiting manager.

Name: Carol Evans Clinical Services Director

Email: Carol.Evans@eastlancshospice.org.uk

Telephone: 01254 965831

Application forms and job descriptions are available to download from our website: www.­eastla­nc­shos­pice.­org.­uk  

Please download: 
Job Description 
Application form 

Alternatively, these documents can be obtained from the recruitment team on: 01254 965833