Call goes out to recruit vital new staff members
EAST Cheshire Hospice has put out a call to attract important new members of staff.
Like other care providers throughout the UK, the hospice is facing a challenge to recruit talented staff nurses but reckons it can offer something special.
“In the last decade, hospice nursing has changed enormously, meaning our nurses can get cutting-edge palliative care experience and the backing of a great multidisciplinary team,” said Clair Watson, workforce lead at the hospice.
“The role of a nurse in a hospice has grown from providing basic nursing care into more complex symptom relief,” she adds.
“They have great opportunities to specialise and progress, working with a wide range of conditions and developing skills in more advanced medicines management.”
Having moved from HR roles in retail and banking, Clair says with more nurses per patient working at the hospice than in many NHS hospitals, nurses have time to really listen to the patients and give bespoke care.
One staff nurse at the hospice, Ruth Mitchell, moved to her current job from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London five years ago and confirms that nurses can gain so much more skill and experience in a hospice setting.
“Two years here will make you a better nurse for the rest of your life,” she says.
“The training on offer is much more tailored to individual needs and working with multi-disciplinary teams offers you great opportunities to learn more.”
Besides the medical teams, the hospice has a social work assessor, a chaplaincy team and a bereavement team who are all focused on patients and their families, allowing nurses to do their jobs in a supportive environment.
The hospice currently has vacancies for Band 5 staff nurses.
Further details are advertised nationally and are on the hospice website: https:// www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/ recruitment/currentvacancies
Staff nurse Ruth Mitchell with workforce lead Clair Watson