Top job! Compassionate Communities Lead

  • Full time
  • £44,359 – £47,846
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th September 2021

  • Advertised from 15th September 2021
  • Hospice Band 7 – Salary rising toward top end of scale following review & satisfactory performance. + Pension + Benefits. 37.5 hours per week


Scotland’s first modern hospice, St Columba’s Hospice first opened its doors in 1977. Over the years it has grown and evolved into an exemplary provider of specialist palliative care for thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians annually, while also providing support to their relatives and loved ones.

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 Columba’s 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 out with 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.

Application notes

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Lynn Darke or Jackie Stone on 01315511381

For further details and to apply, please download the application pack below or visit our website or email

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 30th September 2021

INTERVIEW DATE: Monday 11th October 2021