Complementary Therapists Volunteer

We are looking for skilled, dedicated, and enthusiastic complementary therapists, who have an interest in working within a multi-disciplinary team in a health care setting at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney. In particular we are looking for acupuncturists, massage therapists, and reflexologists.

Skills and qualities we are looking for:

  • A professional qualification in your chosen discipline - preferably Level 4 or above. Newly qualified therapists are welcome
  • Good listening and communication skills, and an understanding of patients centred care
  • The ability to work with a diverse population of people
  • Good reflective practice
  • Membership of a professional body and professional insurance
  • An interest in palliative care

Key tasks include:

  • Working one-to-one with patients, their families, and carers, to address their symptoms and issues
  • Keeping accurate clinical notes
  • Liaising with the Complementary Therapies team and other health professionals in the Hospice to provide a holistic model of care

This role requires you:

  • To be 18+
  • To be able to supply the details of two referees
  • To be willing to apply for an Enhanced Adult DBS certificate with St. Joseph’s Hospice (unless you are subscribed to the Update Service)
  • To complete an interview
  • To attend a Core training day
  • To commit to minimum of 3 hours every week for a minimum of six months active volunteering - weekly attendance is preferable, but fortnightly may be possible.
  • To commit to the same shift on a regular basis; Monday to Friday (depending on availability) 10am to 12:30 pm or 1:30pm to 4pm


  • Valuable clinical experience with patients and families with complex medical and social needs
  • Working in one of the largest, most diverse, and innovative Hospice’s in the UK, which is leading the way in models of palliative and end of life care
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a health care setting
  • Supportive working environment with supervision and monthly case study meetings
  • Learn new skills and develop existing skills with CPD training opportunities
  • Travel expenses paid (TFL Zones 1-6) and a meal card provided up to the value of £5 if you volunteer for 3 hours or more
  • Networking with other therapists and sharing skills in compassionate care
  • References provided after 6 months of active volunteering
  • An opportunity to rent out treatment rooms at highly competitive rates