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Nursing Careers at Havens Hospices

Looking for a new nursing challenge?

We are now offering £500 upon appointment and £500 upon completion of probation for all Nurse and Healthcare Assistant roles. 

Caring for children, young people and adults with complex or incurable conditions is incredibly rewarding and together we will be 'Making every day count' for families when they need us most. 

Working at Havens Hospices we’ll continue your pension and your salary is in line with the NHS. We have children and adult nursing vacancies available, within our hospices or in the community.

If you'd like to speak to our Director of Care about a role at Havens Hospices please scroll down this page and use the form to get in touch. 

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Take a look around Fair Havens

Fair Havens in situated in Prittlewell, just opposite the beautiful Priory Park. The hospice has 16 bedrooms, day therapy facilities, counselling and support rooms, and a physiotherapy gym. It boasts landscaped gardens and extensive parking for those using the hospice.

Take a look around the £17.2 million facility that we were able to create because of the generosity of our supporters.


Take a look around Little Havens

Little Havens is a hospice set in beautiful meadowland in Rayleigh, Essex. We are a nursing-led hospice with a mixture of qualified paediatric nurses, healthcare support staff and trained volunteers.

Forget your preconceptions of a hospice, working at Havens Hospices is a unique opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team where you can help us continue ‘Making every day count’.

The different vacancies will require different levels of qualification and experience, depending on the Band and whether it is for children or adult nursing. All the requirements are set out in the job description.

Our Mission is to offer the best possible palliative and supportive care, free from fear and barriers, where the patient and those important to them are always put first.

We do this by focusing on a patient’s quality of life, caring for individual physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. We also support the family, and what’s important to them, ‘Making every day count.’

The patient and those important to them always come first.  There is time to really be with your patients.  Staff ratios are high to enable time and space for people to explore their thoughts, feelings and wishes before they die.

We expect all our nursing staff to display the 6 C’s of Nursing, and live the Values of Havens Hospices of Care and Compassion, Commitment, Community, Courage and Integrity.

No two days will be the same.  You will be an excellent communicator and display compassion and care in all you do. 

Our nursing positions may be based at our hospices, Little Havens in Thundersley or Fair Havens in Southend. We also offer community nursing, caring for patients in their own home which requires travel – across Essex for children and young people, and across Southend, Castle Point and Rochford for adults.

There may be occasions where you are redeployed to another care service within Havens Hospices. We will never ask you to work outside your scope of practice.

There is the opportunity to develop your clinical skills.  We have a Learning and Development department, education budget, with adult and paediatric Practice Facilitators. 

We can support you with training in assessment and diagnostic skills, and non-medical prescribing.  We have apprenticeship routes for training and have supported people through their BSc in Palliative Care and MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice

Some of our staff benefits include:

  • 33 days annual leave (pro-rata) rising to 38 days with length of service (Including Bank Holidays)
  • A recommend a friend scheme 
  • Competitive pension schemes and NHS pension for continuing members
  • Learning and Development team committed to personal and professional development, offering a number of education opportunities including apprenticeships
  • Life Assurance
  • Bluelight Discount Card scheme (role dependent)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Wellbeing sessions (monthly)

You can email recruitment@havenshospices.org.uk, call 01702 426 241 or fill in the form below to speak to our Director of Care

Speak to our Director of Care

  • It is an exciting and rewarding time to join our multi-disciplinary team. If you would like to discuss the roles available or learn more about our staff benefits, complete the form below to arrange to speak with Ellie Miller, our Director of Care.

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Karen nurse holding folder smiling in corridor
Being a Fair Havens nurse means everything to me. It can be extremely challenging at times but always rewarding. I love what I do.   Karen, Fair Havens Nurse