Hospice appeals for nurses amidst national shortage

November 20

St. Joseph's Hospice is calling out to registered nurses across the region to fill vacancies at the 45 year old hospice.

Like many healthcare establishments, the hospice has been impacted by a national shortage of nurses and is urgently trying to fill some long-standing vacancies so that it can provide professional and compassionate end of life care to all those in the local community who need it.

St Joseph's Hospice opened its doors in 1974 and is located in 12 acres of beautiful woodland. Last year, it was rated as a ‘Good’ hospice by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), which found it to be an “effective, caring, responsive and well-led” hospice.

The hospice holds a special place in the heart of the community and its nurses and carers are highly respected and greatly valued by patients and families.

Vicky Sanderson (pictured below), one of our registered nurses, said: “I love being a hospice nurse because I feel like I’m really making a difference. It’s incredibly rewarding knowing that I am here for our patients and their families at such a difficult time. It brings me great comfort that I have the time to spend with my patients because that’s what I’m here for. The relationship we have with families is wonderful; they make us feel so valued.

“We have a great nursing team here and we all work together really well; it’s a very supportive environment which is important because it is an emotional job too. But knowing that you’re helping to keep patients comfortable and families supported, makes it a very special role indeed.”

Clare Waller, clinical director at the hospice, said: “We are looking to recruit registered nurses who are committed to providing professional and compassionate care to patients and their families and to being part of a multi-disciplinary team.

“We offer some great employee benefits too. As well as working in a beautiful, peaceful environment, where nurses have the time to spend with their patients, we also offer generous annual leave, a free meal, free parking on site, excellent training and development opportunities and the opportunity to maintain an NHS pension.”

View our current vacancies, call 0151 932 2055 or email lynn.bennett@jospice.org.uk.