Work-life balance


Working on our Inpatient Unit

Patient to staff ratios enable our employees to deliver the quality and standard of care that is important to them as health care professionals, whilst ensuring the patient and those closest to them receive the care they deserve.  For employees working on the ward, they will be working in a calm, peaceful and friendly environment with views of our beautiful gardens.  They will also enjoy uninterrupted meal breaks and shifts that finish on time.

Flexible Working

Wigan & Leigh Hospice recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by considering flexible working arrangements.  All eligible employees have the right to make a flexible working request.

Competitive Salary & Pay Increments

Employees receive an incremental rise within their pay scale annually to allow pay progression in post, up to the top of the band, in addition to any pay award that may be implemented.

Annual Leave

We have a generous annual leave entitlement of 35 days, inclusive of bank holidays.  Part-time employees receive holidays pro-rata to the hours they work.  The holiday year runs from January to December.

Pension Scheme

We operate a generous group pension scheme.  Employees pay a minimum contribution of 3% and can chose to pay more while the Hospice contributes 7%.  Qualified clinical staff have the option to remain in the NHS pension scheme (if eligible under the NHS pension scheme).

Enhanced Occupational Sick Pay

The Hospice offers enhanced occupational sick pay at the following rates:

1st year of service - One month’s full pay, and after four months’ service an additional two months’ half pay,

2nd year of service - Two months’ full pay and two months’ half pay,

3rd year of service - Four months’ full pay and four months’ half pay,

4th and 5th year of service - Five months’ full pay and five months’ half pay,

6 years of service onwards - Six months’ full pay and six months’ half pay.

Enhanced Maternity and Adoption Schemes

Group Life Assurance Benefit Scheme

All employees of Wigan & Leigh Hospice under the age of 65 and not in the NHS pension scheme qualify for the Group Life Assurance Benefit Scheme. The scheme gives life assurance cover at three times of current salary at the time until the employee ceases to be an employee of Wigan & Leigh Hospice or reaches the age of 65, whichever is first.