Pilgrims Hospices new model of care launched to attract nursing and medical staff.


Pilgrims Hospices is embarking on an ambitious recruitment drive to support transformative changes aimed at enhancing end-of-life-care and attracting more nursing and medical staff to palliative care roles. 

The charity will expand its clinical workforce to achieve a truly multidisciplinary senior leadership team that leads on strategic and organisational service development for supportive and end-of-life care in East Kent. This will include the recruitment of three nurse consultants who will take on important decision-making powers for in-patient care and community outreach services. In addition, there will be opportunities for more palliative care consultants and middle grade doctors to join the team.  

Working with us offers unique benefits, including the time to provide truly compassionate care, which may not be achievable elsewhere. 

Dr Pia Amsler, Director of Medicine, Pilgrims Hospices, said: “We are committed to delivering the highest quality hospice care for the people of East Kent, and have consistently enjoyed strong support from the community for our vital services. However, like many hospices nationwide, we face challenges in attracting suitable candidates for key clinical roles. 


“We have undertaken a thorough review of our structure and care model to future-proof our services and create more opportunities for healthcare professionals seeking to advance their careers. We want to dispel the view that there is not a career path in hospice care compared to the NHS. Working with us offers unique benefits, including the time to provide truly compassionate care, which may not be achievable elsewhere. 


“The newly created nurse consultant positions represent senior roles focused on frontline patient care, offering an attractive alternative to traditional management paths. This investment in our workforce reflects our commitment to supporting career progression within our organisation.” 

The transition to a new care model will ensure the sustainability of in-patient and community services while offering enhanced career pathways for ambitious nursing and medical professionals. It also supports the changing demands and needs of people living longer with increasingly complex care needs. In future, each hospice site will have a shared medical and nurse consultant leadership team plus a Medical Director who will oversee care. Salaries will be competitive with NHS rates. 

For full details on available vacancies and further information about working at Pilgrims Hospices, please visit our website: www.pilgrimshospices.org/about-us/work-with-us/ 

Care is provided from three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury, and Thanet, as well as in patients’ own homes.  To offer these services to patients and their families, the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.