Call goes out to re­cruit vi­tal new staff mem­bers

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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

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