St Catherine’s Hospice placements offer a range of opportunities to enhance learning about death, dying, palliative care, and bereavement.


Are you currently completing a counselling qualification and looking for your elective placement? Do you want to work with people who have life-limiting conditions and their families pre- and/or post-bereavement?

We welcome your application for a placement with us at St Catherine’s Hospice!

We have two intakes of Student Counsellors per year – one in April and another in September. The number of students we recruit at these times will depend on current operational needs. To be considered for a placement with us, your college/tutor must have signed you off as ready to practice; you should also be a student member of an appropriate professional body. We ask that you commit to 12 months with us.

As part of your placement you will receive comprehensive training to prepare you for the role of a Student Counsellor in a Hospice. We also provide two hours of group supervision once per fortnight – free of charge.

Please email jobs@stch.org.uk to express your interest in completing your placement with us, stating which intake you would like to be considered for.

Professional Partnership VISITS

Are you interested in finding out more about St Catherine’s Hospice?  Perhaps you are new to a palliative care role and would like to find out more about how your role will integrate into the work we do at the hospice? Perhaps you’d like to shadow a clinician to better understand the care we provide for our patients at end of life. Maybe you’re thinking of joining one of our teams and would like to spend some time with us or visit to find out more about the hospice?

Whatever your reason, we offer a 1 day informal visit to qualified and trainee healthcare professionals.  For us to tailor your visit and meet your needs, we ask that you complete our online application to identify some objectives surrounding your visit.  Some of the things you may wish to consider are:

  • Strengthening your professional relationships with our teams
  • Understanding the principles of end of life care
  • How the Hospice supports patients, family members, and carers

Whilst we do our best to accommodate all requests, occasionally we might be unable to support you due to operational reasons.  Please note that over the next few months as we prepare to move to our new hospice we are putting these professional visits on hold.

To apply for an ad-hoc placement with us, please follow this link to complete our online application form.

If you have any questions, contact learning@stch.org.uk


If you are interested in completing a placement in an area not mentioned above, please do complete our online application form. We can then explore whether we are able to support you to meet your objectives. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trainee Ordinand
  • Social Worker
  • Physiotherapist

Don’t Just take our word for it…

Imogen recently completed her hospice placement as a student nurse.

I loved my placement at St Catherine’s and found the team to be so friendly and helpful. It was lovely to really feel like part of the team. It was an honour to see the kindness and care first hand shown by all staff. I didn’t know what to expect from the placement but actually I found the whole experience very positive and the hospice environment to be so friendly and warm. I wish I could have stayed longer!

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