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


Are you interested in finding out more about St Catherine’s Hospice? Perhaps you would like to gain an insight into how our team of Nurses and Healthcare Assistants operate across the community. Perhaps you want to shadow our clinicians on our wards to better understand the care we provide at end of life.

We offer structured informal visits to qualified or trainee healthcare professionals. Your visit can be tailored to meet your objectives, but would normally cover:

  • The principles of palliative care
  • Prescribing and other methods of symptom management
  • How the Hospice supports patients, family members, and carers

Usually ad-hoc visits would be between one day and one week long. Whilst we do our best to accommodate all requests, occasionally we might be unable to support you due to operational reasons.

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


Student Nurses

Individuals completing a nursing qualification are welcome to apply for an elective placement with us at St Catherine’s Hospice. This might be appropriate if you are particularly interested in specialising in palliative and end of life care. You might also be interested in caring for people with life-limiting conditions.

Normally you would work alongside our Nurses and Healthcare Assistants on our Wards. Our qualified mentors will support you to achieve your personal objectives, but also the objectives set out by your university/course

To apply for a long-term elective placement with us, follow this link to complete our online application form.

Please note, if you are a studying with University of Surrey or University of Brighton, elective placements are organised through the universities. You should not apply to us directly.

If you have any questions, please 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


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