Our hospices offer modern, friendly, pleasant and highly professional working environments.

We have sites in beautiful and well-populated areas of east Kent – Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet – all with very good road and rail links.

All new employees benefit from a comprehensive induction programme and valuable opportunities for professional development and training.

Depending on the post, we offer flexible working opportunities.

In addition, we're pleased to be able to offer the following:

Competitive salaries, which take account of NHS salaries.

Pilgrims offer its employees either:

  • A defined-contribution Group Personal Pension scheme.
  • The opportunity to join the NHS pension scheme subject to qualifying criteria.

NHS employees have the option to stay in the NHS pension scheme if they are an active member of the NHS pension or have contributed within 12 months of commencing employment.

Employees who are members of the pension scheme(s) are also eligible for the life assurance scheme.

Having healthy employees is important to us, so we provide access to a private medical / healthcare scheme through a preferred supplier.

Employees are entitled to a generous holiday entitlement.

Pilgrims is committed to supporting employees in achieving a sensible work-life balance.

Additional to statutory rights in relation to Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave and Parental Leave, a range of family-friendly benefits are available, including opportunities for part-time hours / job-sharing where appropriate.

Complementary Therapy sessions provided by our volunteer therapists are provided to staff free-of-charge, subject to availability.

Pilgrims believe that training and development is important at all levels.

Employees can apply for periods of study leave, where study is related to their job role or otherwise of value to the organisation.

Free parking is available for employees at each hospice site.

Employees can benefit from a relaxed, informal dining experience at each hospice site whilst enjoying home-cooked food at reasonable prices.

Free tea and coffee is also available.

An employer-funded support service, offering employees confidential counselling and advice on a wide range of work-related and personal issues, as well as supporting employees in maintaining their wellbeing.

Where a role requires specific items of uniform or protective clothing, these will be provided by Pilgrims Hospices.

There are numerous opportunities to become involved in social and fundraising events that are held locally in aid of Pilgrims.

Employees can save at least 25% on bikes and cycling accessories through salary sacrifice.

Pilgrims has teamed up with local businesses to offer discounts to its employees, including at Ashford Designer Outlet and local gyms.

CODE Awards

Launched in 2018, the aim of our CODE Awards event is to recognise the outstanding contribution of Pilgrims staff and volunteers who strive to deliver and continually improve excellent services and to share these achievements with the wider organisation.

As well as recognising the achievements of staff and volunteers through an integrated event, the CODE Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the great work that is carried out both in the hospice and beyond the hospice walls in the wider community to our patients, their families and our supporters across east Kent, and to say a big ‘well done’ for being a shining example of our values, and demonstrating how we want to be!


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.