Sue Ryder Nurses
Sue Ryder nurses and care assistants are at the heart of our care. Because of them, we are able to care for people with more life-changing conditions than any other UK charity in our hospices, neurological care centres and out in the community.
Their specialist skills in neurological and end of life care mean they work closely to support GPs, hospitals and other community teams to provide expert advice and support when it’s most needed. They see the person, not the condition, providing emotional support for people in our care and their families too.
It all adds up to compassionate care
Our ethos of care means all of our expert staff take time to understand the small things that help live the fullest life possible, and do whatever they can to make time with us the best it can be. It could be something like:
"We had a young resident at a Sue Ryder Hospice who was a musician, and before he became ill had played steel drums in a Samba band. The nurses could see how much he missed playing. One day he looked out of the window and saw his steel band in front of the hospice, all set up and ready to jam, he couldn’t believe it. The band jammed away for everyone at the hospice. It absolutely made his day."
"When John arrived at one of our Neurological centres he found it difficult to communicate with others due to his Huntington’s disease, which affects movement, including speech. We discovered he had been a keen fisherman, so organised a fishing trip to a fish farm close by for the day. He spent hours at the fish farm putting flies on the hook and trying to cast the line. He didn’t mind that he didn’t catch any fish – he enjoyed himself and spoke about the experience long after the event. When his condition deteriorated, we helped him get Sky TV installed in his room so he could watch the fishing channel."
The highest quality of care
We’re committed to giving Sue Ryder nurses and care assistants time and support to develop the skills needed to deliver high-quality care. This can include supporting care assistants to qualify as registered nurses, or supporting nurses to develop specialist or advanced knowledge in a particular area.
Our clinical nurse specialists have at least six years’ experience in palliative or neurological care and all are able to provide specialist advice. Most are also able to prescribe medicines so they can relieve symptoms and pain more quickly.
Accessing our services
All of our palliative care services are free of charge for the people who need them.
Referrals come from a wide range of healthcare professionals such as GPs, consultants, community clinical nurse specialists and district nurses. Our neurological care is based on assessment of need so the funding for this care is multifaceted, for example local authority, continuing healthcare (NHS funded) or funded by individuals and their families.
We’re always here for people to be referred back to our care after they have been discharged if they need additional care or support.