"When I pull on my Sue Ryder Nurse uniform, I feel proud."

“The name Sue Ryder means a lot. When we wear our uniforms we feel part of something, and families feel in safe hands.” These are the words of Senior Nursing Assistant Julia Tyas who is part of our band of close-knit healthcare workers in Gloucestershire who help keep loved ones looked after at home at the end of their life.

They perform a special job, and our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team is looking for more dedicated care professionals to join them as the service grows to give more expert and compassionate care to more people.

The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team
Leckhampton Nurses Julia Tyas and Jan Dalton
Julia (left) with her fellow Sue Ryder Nurse Jan.

We go into people’s own homes and allow families to be families, not carers. We’re there for families too, supporting them through what can be the most difficult time of their lives.

I love my job as each day is different and the care we give is so personal to each person and family. We each visit between five to six patients in a shift and work very closely with other healthcare professionals too.

What my role involves

The care we give is in people’s own homes; their own bedrooms; their own living rooms.

I love the fact that we are privileged enough to go into someone’s own home at the end of their life. When we go in, we can literally see shoulders relax as they know help and support is there. It is such an honour to be there for them.

We reassure people. We support them. We give personal care. Working with other healthcare professionals, we can help with pain management and symptom control too. Working together, we make the last of people’s lives the best we can.

An emotional but uplifting job

With more people choosing to remain at home at the end of their life, the expansion of our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home service - thanks to a donation from The Summerfield Trust - could not come at a better time.

Many people choose to be at home at the end of their life as it’s more relaxed. It makes them feel more comfortable. If it is their wish, we do all we can to help keep them home, so they can die with dignity and respect in the place they want to be.

My role can be emotional, but the support available is what makes being part of the team so special. When I tell people about my job, a lot of them say: "I couldn’t do that" or ask "Why are you not sad? You are happy all the time!" I reply by saying that, yes, it can be sad, but there is phenomenal team spirit and we have a big safety net which looks after us so we can look after families needing our support.

As care professionals working in people’s own homes at the end of their life, we do have a lot of responsibility, but help is just a phone call away and the support and the training offered at Sue Ryder is fantastic.

A supportive and passionate team

I would encourage anyone with a passion for providing care out in the community to come and find out more about being part of our team. This is nursing how it should be, and it really is a huge privilege to be there for people at a time when they need and deserve the very best care and support.

I’m really proud to be part of this team, which is so supportive not only of the families we care for, but of one another too.

Fancy joining our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team?

Anyone interested in finding out more about joining the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team can call 01242 230 199 or email leckhampton@sueryder.org to arrange a tour of the hospice and meet the team.

Or why not apply online for one of the following posts?

Bank Nursing Assistants and Senior Nursing Assistants

Permanent Nursing Assistants

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Julia Tyas

Senior Nursing Assistant

Julia Tyas

Julia works as a Senior Nursing Assistant as part of our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team in Gloucestershire.