Year of the Nurse: Anthony Swan, from painting and decorating to leading change as a Sue Ryder Nurse
After eight years working in the painting and decorating industry Anthony Swan, 29, realised he had missed his true vocation and made the tough decision to retrain as a nurse. Now employed as a Registered Nurse at Sue Ryder’s Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, he has teamed up with NHS England to help drive a new approach to person-centred care.
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.”
Meet Sonia Maisey, a Senior Staff Nurse at our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Sonia takes us through a day in her life as a member of the Hospice at Home team, which cares for people in their own homes.
“There’s no doubt about it: the level of care here at Sue Ryder is higher than anywhere I’ve ever nursed."
Sue Ryder supported Ann Whyte though her Return to Nurse Practice qualification and she is now working as a Registered Nurse at our Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Centre in Aberdeen. She looks back over her 30-year career and explains why Sue Ryder is such a special place to work.
“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.
Later this summer, Susan Shackleton is swapping her Sue Ryder Nurse’s uniform for a wet suit and googles to raise funds for the patients she helps care for at Thorpe Hall Hospice.
“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.
Michael Durkin, 69, was supported by our Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at Home team to care for both his mother, Kathleen, and his brother, Tom, at the end of their lives, keeping them at home.
Tanya Robertson works at Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Care Centre as a Care Assistant and is currently training to be a Nurse. Here, she describes why she loves working at Sue Ryder and is so excited for the future.
“We bring hospice care into people’s homes – and it’s a true privilege.” Emma Wright of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Hospice at Home team gives us an insight into what her job involves as part of our summer appeal.