Various Registered Nurse vacancies

Full Time/Part Time

The Prince of Wales Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients with life threatening illness and so enhances the quality of their life and that of their families.  The Hospice is in eastern Wakefield and serves former industrial areas of Pontefract, Castleford, Featherstone, Hemsworth and Knottingley. We have 13 inpatient beds and a Day Hospice with an expanding programme of outpatient work.

Due to the  expansion of bed availability and  a detailed review of staff to patient ratio, we now have vacancies  for Registered Nurses to join various departments within this forward thinking Hospice . A passion and desire to learn  more about palliative care is essential, training can be provided. Some End of Life Experience is desirable for these posts. Newly qualified nursing staff may also be considered

Salary:  £21,478 to £25, 783 pro rata per annum depending on experience, NHS pension is transferable.

To discuss these posts in greater detail or to arrange an informal visit please contact  Ward Manager Jo Benson  on (01977 781454) or  for an information and application pack  either call the Hospice on (01977) 708868 or write to The Personal Assistant, The Prince of Wales Hospice, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 4BG or visit our website:


Volunteer Therapies Assistant Role Profile

Commitment: Around 3 hours on every Wednesdays and Thursday (more if available)

The Prince of Wales Hospice offers a comprehensive range of services to patients with terminal illnesses. Patients are able to access complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, crafts acupuncture, social activities, and consultations with nursing staff, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapist and other Specialist Palliative care team members.

We are looking for new volunteers to support our physiotherapy and occupational therapy programme using our purpose built rehabilitation facilities. This service enables patients to build up their strength and fitness so they can complete daily tasks such as walking to the shop.

Duties: Under the guidance of contracted Physiotherapist and Occupational therapist: 

  • Preparing and assisting  group exercise sessions and person-centred groups
  • Supporting one-to-one rehabilitation and exercise sessions
  • Supporting patients using the Hospice’s rehabilitation equipment

  What are we looking for?

  • A knowledge of physiotherapy /occupational therapy/ personal fitness would be an advantage
  • Friendly and caring individuals
  • A commitment to be able to volunteer regularly

 In-House mandatory training will be provided, including Infection Control, Manual Handling and Fire Safety. Support will be provided by the Hospice and the Therapy team.


Volunteer Art therapist role profile

Art therapy aims to help patients overcome their emotional and mental difficulties by engaging with, and expressing themselves through, the artistic process. The therapy aims to channel patients’ energies into painting, sculpture and other forms of expression. Art therapists play an active part in the sessions; guiding patients through the creative process and encouraging them to engage with their feelings and explore the thought processes behind them.

The works of art that are produced can have an enlightening or cathartic effect for the patient and help them recover from or come to terms with their illness. Typical activities in the role include:

  • meeting patients  and arranging activities and sessions
  • planning and facilitating activities, and maintaining the workshop and equipment
  • listening to patients  and advising them on suitable activities
  • helping patients to see the systems and practices at their disposal to help them overcome their problems
  • organising and carrying out one-on-one and group workshops
  • liaising with health professionals and doctors
  • encouraging patients  to explore their art and think about it means to them


Qualifications and training required

Art therapists need a postgraduate diploma in art therapy or psychotherapy that is recognised by the Health Professions Council  Course providers often require candidates to hold degrees in art-based subjects, although relevant qualifications such as nursing, teaching or social work may be accepted. The BAAT provides a list of recommended courses on their website (see the link below). Study takes two years full time, or three years part time, and must be followed by registration with the HPC before official practice can start.

Key skills for art therapists

  • Excellent artistic abilities, creativity, imagination and enthusiasm
  • Maturity, patience and a calm, respectful manner
  • Ability to provide a trusting, open, kind hearted atmosphere that encourages learning and participation
  • A strong empathy with and commitment to helping people from all walks of life
  • Ability to deal with difficult, perhaps painful and embarrassing situations
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychotherapy and the role art can play in treatment


Volunteer profile for Activities support.

During our Day Care service, we offer patients a range of activities; from art sessions to board games. Patients also use the centre to access complementary therapies and to see doctors and our nursing team in a comfortable environment. The Activities Coordinator would work with patients, the nursing team and our other volunteers to develop the programme of activities for the patients to join in with.


  • To plan a programme of activities for our patients in collaboration with our Activities lead, staff, patients and other volunteers.
  • Examples of activities might include: quizzes, flower arranging, relaxation, readings.
  • To help in organising people to come in to carry out specialist activities if needed. You will be able to contact our pool of existing volunteers or get in touch with external organisations to ask them to come in. eg. Flower Arrangers.
  • To set up or help to set up ready for activities.
  • To carry out certain activities such as quizzes.
  • To assist specialists in delivering their activity.
  • To clear up after an activity with the assistance of the team.
  • To gather feedback from patients and the team as to how well an activity has gone and ensure it is taken into account in the planning of future activities.
  • To ensure you work as part of the team and communicate effectively with all involved at The Prince of Wales Hospice.

Person Specification: 

  • Organised
  • Effective communicator
  • Excellent team work
  • Creative thinker
  • Warm and friendly personality
  • Sensitive to the needs of patients 

You will be subject to a DBS check and reference checking. Training will be provided and support offered throughout your time volunteering. 


  • You will need to be available for at least one session  between 10am to 3pm on  any day from Mondays to Thursdays.


To apply for any of our vacancies, please download the relevant application form below and ensure you complete all the applicable forms in full. Alternatively to request an application pack to be posted out, please call the Hospice on 01977 708868 stating which vacancy you wish to apply for.

Postal applications need to be returned for the attention of Angela Sibbit at The Prince of Wales Hospice, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4BG and must be marked Private and Confidential.

Email applications will need to be sent to and must also be noted as Private and Confidential in the subject line.