“There are so many elements of my job that I love.” Fern, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice's Inpatient Unit Manager
After a variety of other nursing environments and more than a decade on from her first placement at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Fern is now their IPU Manager. She describes her nursing and managerial responsibilities, as well as the challenges and joys of working in palliative care.
“I started at Thorpe Hall in March and obviously things have been very different to how they would normally be.” Caroline, Sue Ryder Nurse
Arriving at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in March 2020, Caroline has had a long and varied career in nursing and brings a wealth of experience to Sue Ryder. But nothing could have prepared her for the impact Covid-19 would have on our healthcare system.
Meet Lucy Sansom, a Palliative Care Social Worker at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She provides social care support to patients, families and carers at the hospice and in the community. Here, Lucy talks us through a day in her life.
Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Family Support Team, a multi-disciplinary team who support people from diagnosis onwards, during life-limiting conditions, and we also offer bereavement support after a loved one has died.
For Year of the Nurse, where we celebrate the important work of our Sue Ryder Nurses, we begin by talking with Jacqui Ackroyd, who has been appointed St John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager. “I am honoured to be a nurse and I am proud to work at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.”
“Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time – especially in our most painful moments.” These are the words of Sarah Riley who, five months ago, lost her dad to cancer. Since then, she has been fundraising in his memory and is taking on the London Marathon 2020.
“My husband’s wish was to die at home. He wanted to be surrounded by his own things with his family and friends around him.”
Penny Jarvis’s husband Colin died in 2009, five years after he was first diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. Penny was Colin’s main carer and he was able to die in his own home according to his wishes. Ten years on and Penny, a Nursing Assistant, now works as part of the Hospice at Home team at Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub.
We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.
“When I found out Dad had cancer, I worried about my graduation – and about my future beyond it. I thought of every single day ahead when he wouldn’t be there,” writes Jess Bacon, whose dad died at Thorpe Hall Hospice five years ago. She recalls all the (dreaded) milestones that have come and gone since then.
After Amy Goodacre’s mum Tracey died at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice three years ago, she started fundraising so other families could experience the same expert care as hers did. In this blog post, Amy talks about her experience at the hospice and her latest venture – helping to organise our 2019 Walk to Remember event.