East Lancashire Hospice

Health Care Assistant Inpatient Unit

Post title: Health Care Assistant 

Responsible to: Head of Inpatient Unit 

Tye of contract: Permanent 

Hours: Part-time (negotiable - minimum of 22.5hrs) 

Salary: £23,419           Pro rata: £14,051.40 (22.5hrs) / £18,735.20 (30hrs) 

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.

Health Care Assistant

An exciting opportunity is available for an experienced Health Care Assistant to join our multi­dis­cip­linary team. With substantial experience of working within a caring role, you will work as part of the hospice team to support patients experiencing life changing illness or end of life care needs with understanding, sensitivity and well developed communication skills Whilst primarily based on the Inpatient unit you may be required to work across clinical departments to meet patient need and support your own development.

The Successful Candidate

You will have the commitment and ability to deliver high standards of holistic care to our patients and their families under the direction of registered nursing staff and will ideally have achieved the Care Certificate and be educated to NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent in a related field.

What we offer

Salary: £23,419 [Pro-rata for part time hours]

Working Hours: Hours are worked on a 7 day rota inclusive of days, nights, weekends and Bank Holidays

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, 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.

Equality and Diversity  

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 the online application form OR a CV with supporting information (no more than two sides of A4) explaining how your experience meets the needs of our patients/the role. Please make sure you read through the job description and outline your relevant skills and experience applicable to the job in the supporting information box, whilst detailing your career history in the relevant fields. 

You may also send your application directly to Recruitment@Eastlancshospice.org.uk stating which job you are interested in, along with the 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: Gaynor Barlow/Head of Inpatient Unit

Email: Gaynor.Barlow@­eastla­nc­shos­pice.­org.­uk

Telephone:  01254 965866

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

Alternatively, these documents can be obtained from the Recruitment Department on: 01254 965833

Please download: 

Job description 

Application form