Compton Hospice

We provide care and support for families living with incurable illnesses across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, South Staffordshire and East Shropshire.

Sector : Charities & Voluntary Sector

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Where is your business based?

Wolverhampton

What is your name?

Vicki Wootton

What is your role within the business?

Events Fundraiser and School Liaison. I put together fundraising events for Compton Hospice. I also visit schools and colleges and encourage them to fundraise for us. Recently I developed the Compton Champions Award which students can put towards their CVs and UCAS applications.

What does your business do?

Compton Hospice provides specialist care for around 1,500 people suffering from life-limiting illnesses both at the hospice itself and out in the community. As well as offering an inpatient unit, daycare facilities – where patients can socialise and meet those in a similar situation to themselves- community nurses and a Lymphoedema clinic, we also provide bereavement support clinics who work to provide free counselling services that allow young people in particular, to explore their grief and emotions in a safe place.

What is special about your business - what makes it a great place to work?

Compton cares about the patient not just the illness that they are suffering with. We treat each person as an individual and try to help them live the rest of their lives rather than wait to die. We have a huge range of jobs here too and so there are plenty of opportunities for people from all professional backgrounds.

How many people do you employ?

200 but we have over 800 volunteers. They help to keep the running costs down so that we can put more into our patient care.

What skills and qualities do you look for in new employees?

Employees must be highly motivated, caring and determined to offer our patients the very best no matter what area they might work in.

What other job roles do you have in your business?

NursesDoctorsCooks and Kitchen AssistantsPublic RelationsEvents and Fundraising officersFinanceMarketing AssistantsEstates Management Gardeners

How do I apply?

For any of our job or volunteering opportunities please visit https://www.compton-hospice.org.uk/vacancies/

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Debs Smith

Senior Staff Nurse

Job role: Healthcare

How would you describe your job?

I work in a team that offers specialist palliative (end of life) care to patients in the community. I support other team members including our Clinical Nurse Specialist and I act as an advocate (a person who speaks on behalf of the patient) for our patients and their families. Other duties include offering benefit support, speaking with outside agencies on the patients behalf such as doctors and district nurses.

Was this your first job? if not, what was your first job?

No, my first job was as an assistant in a pharmacy.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I had to attend an interview and after I got the job. I had to attend various internal training courses.

What is great about your job?

I love that no two days are the same and you can meet a wide range of people and their families. I love the people I work with and we have great social activities that go on outside of work! It is a happy environment to work in and you are given the chance to develop your career with further training. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Compton family.

What training do you receive in your role?

I receive lots of in-house training to keep on top of changes and developments. You must have a desire to want to learn or better your existing knowledge to progress in this line of work.

What skills are required to do your job?

I studied for three years at university to qualify as a registered nurse and gained many years experience in Palliative Care. As a nurse you need to be very understanding of your patients so you must have good communication skills such as listening. Flexibility and adaptability as you never know what might happen during your shift at work!

Ideally, what subject areas should the qualifications be taken in?

  • Health and Social Care
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Nursing and Healthcare Practice

What is your personality type?

  • Defender - Very dedicated and warm protectors, always ready to defend their loved ones.

What hobbies and interests do you think would benefit a person in your role? (if there are any)

  • scouts/guides
  • travelling
  • dogs

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 6 - 10 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £20,000 – £30,000

What level of qualifications do you require from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.
  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.
  • Level 4 - A level; S level; International Baccalaureate; Btec National Extended Dip & Diploma, Subsidiary Dip Certificate; NVQ 3; Highers; Advanced Highers Scottish Baccalaureate; SVQ 3.
  • Level 5 - Foundation degree Fda/Fdsc; HND; HNC; NVQ 4; NVQ 5; Certificate of HE; Diploma of HE.
  • Level 6 - Degree BA (Hons), Bsc (Hons); Degree (Top-up); NVQ 6; Bachelors / Masters Ordinary Degrees; Graduate Diplomas / Certificates; Bachelors / Masters Degrees (Honours); SVQ 4.
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Nick Davies

Counsellor

Job role: Healthcare

How would you describe your job?

I provide counselling and emotional support for bereaved young people between the ages of 5 and 17 years old who have lost a relative in the care of Compton Hospice.

Was this your first job? if not, what was your first job?

No this was not my first job.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I had to qualify as a counsellor and a psychotherapy practitioner at Diploma level 5 and at degree level. In addition there is a requirement to be accredited (approved) by a governing body such as BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

What is great about your job?

I am happy to see a client with emotional difficulty begin to cope and move forward with their lives after the death of a loved one. I love that Compton Hospice has people at the heart of its process - it always puts people first.

What training do you receive in your role?

I have had Palliative Care, Play Therapy and Creative Intervention Skills training so far but you also learn while you are doing the job too.

What skills are required to do your job?

You need to be able to listen well and you need an interest in people. You will also need good administrative and computer skills, be honest, reliable and hardworking.

Ideally, what subject areas should the qualifications be taken in?

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Health and Social Care
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Medical Sciences
  • Nursing and Healthcare Practice
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Social Sciences

What is your personality type?

  • Advocate - Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless dreamers.

What hobbies and interests do you think would benefit a person in your role? (if there are any)

  • football

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 4 - 6 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £20,000 – £30,000

What level of qualifications do you require from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.
  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.
  • Level 5 - Foundation degree Fda/Fdsc; HND; HNC; NVQ 4; NVQ 5; Certificate of HE; Diploma of HE.
  • Level 6 - Degree BA (Hons), Bsc (Hons); Degree (Top-up); NVQ 6; Bachelors / Masters Ordinary Degrees; Graduate Diplomas / Certificates; Bachelors / Masters Degrees (Honours); SVQ 4.
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Vicki Wootton

Events Fundraiser and School Liaison

Job role: Charity and Voluntary

How would you describe your job?

I put together fundraising events for Compton Hospice. I also visit schools and colleges and encourage them to fundraise for us. Recently I developed the Compton Champions Award which students can put towards their CVs and UCAS applications.

Was this your first job? if not, what was your first job?

No. I worked for the local press after I graduated as a freelance writer. I then managed a pub for a number of years. I have always had an interest in fundraising however and have held events for a number of charities close to my heart over the years.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I had to prove that I had experience in the world of fundraising and that I could use my passion for a cause in other people.

What is great about your job?

I love meeting new people and seeing an event come together. I also love meeting the patients that our fundraising helps. I love that Compton Hospice aims to help patients live the end of their lives and not simply wait to die. It sounds like a cliché but every breath that we take is precious and although you might be diagnosed with a terminal illness, that is no reason to stop living your life to the absolute fullest.

What training do you receive in your role?

I am always taking part in on-going training from safe-guarding to using social media to boost fundraising opportunities.

What skills are required to do your job?

Although I have a degree in English, you do not necessarily need a certain qualification to be a fundraiser. You need to be highly motivated, passionate about what you do and a good people person. Experience always helps too. We have developed our Compton Champions Award specifically for young people to build experience in the field so it’s worth checking that out if you want a future in events management.

Ideally, what subject areas should the qualifications be taken in?

  • Business and Management

What is your personality type?

  • Campaigner - Enthusiatic, creative and sociable free spirits, who can always find a reason to smile.

What hobbies and interests do you think would benefit a person in your role? (if there are any)

  • music
  • dance
  • running
  • scouts/guides
  • travelling
  • photography/film
  • tv/radio
  • blog/vlog
  • social media

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 1 - 2 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £15,000 – £20,000

What level of qualifications do you require from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 1 - Entry level 1,2,3; Introduction to foundation learning; Access 1,2,3.
  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.
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Role: Healthcare
Title: Senior Staff Nurse
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Role: Healthcare
Title: Counsellor
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Role: Charity and Voluntary
Title: Events Fundraiser and School Liaison