Hospice is recruiting Registered Nurses this Hospice Care Week

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West Essex and East Hertfordshire charity, St Clare Hospice, is publicising their campaign to recruit more Registered Nurses, this Hospice Care Week (10-14 Oct).

The recruitment drive is part of a vital long-term plan by the Hastingwood-based charity to fill new roles in their expanding teams across their Inpatient Unit and Hospice at Home teams.

The Hospice is expanding its nursing teams in order to meet rising demand for its specialist care in West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

The national shortage of too few nurses in the UK(1) has meant that the Hospice has had to think differently about how it recruits people to new positions to expand its teams.

Dawn Power, Inpatient Unit Manager at St Clare Hospice, said: “Our specialist care requires skilled Registered Nurses to deliver it. We know that the healthcare sector across the UK is facing challenges recruiting and retaining staff. That is why we are highlighting the benefits of working as a Registered Nurse at St Clare Hospice.”

Dawn continued: “We are looking for more nurses to join our expanding, committed and forward-thinking team, to work in partnership with medical colleagues to make a real difference to patients.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package; ample free parking; flexible working hours; a subsidised canteen; and the opportunity to transfer over your NHS pension.”

Dawn joined St Clare Hospice in June 2022 after working in Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department for 18 years.

Dawn continued, “When I was preparing to leave the NHS I researched St Clare Hospice and was blown away by all the services on offer. From the extensive Patient and Family Support team, GriefLine and Bereavement Café project.

Now I am here, my favourite things about working at St Clare are the amazing team on the Inpatient Unit who deliver outstanding care; the support I have received from my colleagues; and the large free car park! After coming from the NHS where you struggle to park and have to pay for parking, driving in each morning and knowing you have a free space, is amazing!”

Sheona Evangeli Director of Patient Care at St Clare Hospice, who is also a Registered Nurse herself, said:

“Marking Hospice Care Week offers an important opportunity to highlight the invaluable work that our highly skilled nurses do each and every day.

Registered Nurses in the hospice sector play a vital role in our healthcare system. We’re seeing an increased need for specialist, end of life, nursing care in our local area, which is why we’re investing in our nursing teams over the coming months to ensure we can respond to that need. By putting more nurses, in the right place, at the right time, we can support even more people facing death and dying.”

St Clare currently employs a total of around 70 nurses and nursing assistants, with roles in their Inpatient Unit, Therapies team, Hospice at Home and Community Palliative Care teams.

Altogether, St Clare nurses and nursing assistants provide approximately 100,000 hours of care per year for patients both at the Hospice itself and in people’s own homes – providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients and their families.

Find out more about current Registered Nurse job opportunities available on the St Clare Hospice website at http://stclarehospice.org.uk/jobs


(1) The REAL Centre’s workforce projection is that there will be a shortfall of 38,000 NHS nurses by 2023/24 https://www.health.org.uk/publications/nhs-workforce-projections-2022


Photo 1: Dawn Power, Inpatient Unit Manager, is calling on more Registered Nurses to apply to join St Clare Hospice (Dawn Power – second from the right – with members of the Inpatient Unit team)

St Clare Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care for people living with terminal or life- limiting illnesses across West Essex and East Herts border. We care for patients and their families, providing physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, and ensuring they have timely access to skilled, compassionate and sensitive care in a place of their choice. Our services are free of charge to those who need our care, but cost over £5 million a year to run. With limited NHS funding we need to fundraise the majority of this each year through donations and other voluntary sources.


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