You can find a very rewarding career with Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in a wide variety of roles. As well as knowing you are part of a team that is providing vital support to families, we offer multiple and generous benefits to employees.

What benefits do we offer?

Pension schemes

  • Recognition of the NHS Pension Scheme
    • Care staff can remain in the NHS Pension Scheme subject to eligibility criteria
  • Stakeholder Pension Scheme
    • Employee contribution 3.5%
    • Shooting Star Children’s Hospices contribution 4.5%
    • You can also contribute more into the pension scheme and we will pay 1% above the contribution up to a limit of 7%

Annual Leave

  • 35 days including Bank Holidays rising with length of service (pro rata for part time)
  • 2 weeks paid sabbatical leave after 5, 10 and 15 years service

Training & Professional Development

  • Mandatory online training provided
  • Excellent professional development available
  • In house practice development team
  • Clinical supervision

Additional benefits

  • Employee Assistance Programme available to all staff including
    • telephone and face to face counselling
    • health & wellbeing advice
    • online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
    • advice and support
  • Free staff car parking
  • Free meals available within the hospice
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous sick pay scheme rising with length of service with 3 months full and 3 months half pay after one year’s service
  • Death in service benefits provided
  • Staff changing rooms and showers
  • Enhanced maternity, adoption, and paternity leave pay
  • Enhance Parental Bereavement Leave pay
  • Optical care – eye test and £60 to glasses for VDU use
  • Employee referral scheme

Moving to us from the NHS

The majority of our nurses come from an NHS background. To help with transition we have put together a document that outlines our key terms and conditions of employment and how these compare to the NHS.