Tweeting duties from our national @Sue_Ryder account are being shared across our wider team to help highlight the different ways our organisation works together.
For one day only, one member of our team from one of our locations in the UK will be sharing an insight into their daily tasks, interactions, highlights and any problems they face as they go about their daily work for Sue Ryder.
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First up is our Head of Clinical Services at Thorpe Hall Hospice, Sam Lewis, who will be giving unique access and insight into her everyday work at the front line of our end of life care.
Tuesday 6 March 2018
Name: Sam Lewis
Role: Head of Clinical Services, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice
My journey in palliative care began in 1992, five years after qualifying as a registered nurse, when I started work as a junior sister at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.
After four years of laying great foundations in end of life care, I became a Macmillan Nurse and independent specialist practitioner. I worked for 16 years in the community and hospital, constantly learning and developing a passion for advanced care planning and the support of palliative patients with young families.
In October 2013 I returned to hospice care, working for an independent hospice, first as a specialist nurse practitioner and then as a senior clinical nurse manager. My outlook became more strategic as I started looking at integrating hospice care with the community and acute care. And there’s always so much to learn – psychological support of patients, leadership skills in transformational change, palliative rehab, spirituality, dementia care. I love gaining new skills and putting them into action to benefit patients and their families.
At the end of last year I returned to Thorpe Hall as the Head of Clinical Services, feeling privileged to have been given the opportunity to use all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained. My passion for palliative and end of life care remains, and my creativity and energy hasn’t started waning yet!
Just to add, I’m mother to 17-year-old twins, have two fluffy cats, love trees and gardening, often take photos of skyscapes on the way home from work, was once a black belt in Tai Kwon Do and am learning to play the ukulele (badly)!
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