Role description

Compassionate Communities Lead

Hospice Band 7 – Starting salary: £44,359 (rising to £47,846 following review & satisfactory performance) + Pension + Benefits

Full time: 37.5 hours per week

We are delighted to be recruiting for a Compassionate Communities Lead, a recent and evolving role vital to developing the innovative work currently happening between St Columbas Hospice Care and the local communities we serve. The ideal candidate for this work will be someone who has experience or expertise in community development approaches, is able to work both strategically and operationally, and is skilled as a great connector and communicator.

Within the context of public health palliative care, the Compassionate Communities movement encourages, facilitates, supports and celebrates care for one another during life’s most difficult times and transitions; chronic and life threatening illness, ageing, fragility and dementia, grief, loss and bereavement, and the challenges of long term caring.

Your interest might be driven by personal experience with death, dying and loss and we recognise its importance and value in this type of work. It is not necessary to have previous experience of working within end of life care and we actively encourage candidates from outwith the sector to consider applying. You will be a dynamic, creative individual who is able to motivate themselves and others and bring people along with you. You will need to be comfortable interacting with senior leaders, folks in their own local communities and everyone in between. You will be able to build and nurture partnerships and lead a team to success. Whilst supporting the team operationally, you will also have the necessary strategic insight to drive a variety of diverse projects forward; each grounded in the work of supporting communities to engage with death as a social process and co-create community-owned capacity to live well with dying, death, grief and loss.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Lynn Darke or Jackie Stone on 0131 551 1381

For an application form and job descriptions, visit our website at or email

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 30th September 2021

INTERVIEW DATE: Monday 11th October 2021

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