We offer a variety of rewarding and interesting careers for everyone, both with and without experience in healthcare.

Whether it’s providing first-hand care as a nurse or doctor or working as part of the wider support team that our patients rely on, you'll find a fulfilling role at Pilgrims. It's an opportunity to provide a valued service to our local community.

If you've recently joined the Pilgrims team, download our Staff Handbook to find out more about working life at Pilgrims.

We currently employ more than 400 full and part-time staff in a variety of professional roles, but we're frequently looking for additional talented and motivated people to join our team.

Explore our current vacancies

Pilgrims operates an online-only recruitment process, so application forms must be downloaded and submitted by email to recruitment@pilgrimshospices.org in one of the following file formats:

  • .doc
  • .docx
  • .pdf
  • .odt

If you're selected for interview we'll give you as much notice as possible.

All Pilgrims interviews are conducted by a panel of two people or more. Depending on the post you've applied for, you may be asked to deliver a presentation or participate in a work-related test; your interview letter will give you relevant details.

We're required by law to ensure all potential staff have the right to work in the United Kingdom. Your interview letter will ask you to bring proof of your ID such as:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Birth certificate.

All vacancies are subject to CRB disclosure.

Patient-facing roles may also require an enhanced DBS check to be carried out.

NHS jobs

If you're applying for an NHS job through the NHS website the process is slightly different. You'll need to create an account and complete an application form; find out more here.

Our hospices offer modern, friendly, pleasant and highly professional working environments with sites in beautiful and well-populated areas of east Kent – Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet – with very good road and rail links.

All new staff benefit from a comprehensive induction programme and valuable opportunities for professional development and training. Depending on the post, we offer:

  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Access to hot meals
  • Parking
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff counselling support.

We're pleased to be able to offer the following benefits to all staff:

  • Free on-site car parking
  • Nutritious lunches and dinners available on all sites at subsidised rates
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Counselling support for staff, with a number of sessions free of any charge
  • Provision of uniforms for nurses, catering and domestic staff
  • Complimentary therapies available and free to staff
  • Contributory Group Personal pension or continuation of NHS pension
  • Occupational Health support
  • Staff library
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Local business discounts
  • Optional healthcare scheme.

NHS staff have the option to stay in the NHS pension scheme if they've contributed within the last 12 months; please note that certain criteria must be met.

For clinical posts (Medical and Nursing) Pilgrims adheres to the Agenda for Change remuneration structure with bands and points as per the NHS.

In April 2017, new UK legislation came into force for all organisations that employ more than 250 employees, requiring them to report annually on their Gender Pay Gap.

The Gender Pay Gap is different to the Equal Pay Gap, and is defined as the difference in the average hourly rates of male and female employees, regardless of their role or seniority in an organisation. The results from our reports are expressed as a percentage, which is representative of the Gender Pay Gap between our male and female employee’s average hourly rates.

In line with the legislation, our results will be available on the gov.uk website, as well as the Pilgrims Hospices public website and internal staff intranet.


For more information about working life at Pilgrims, contact the Human Resources team on 01227 812 612 or email us at recruitment@pilgrimshospices.org.

We also have a range of volunteer opportunities available for anyone who would like to donate their time to support Pilgrims.