“I have lots of lovely memories with patients - them making me laugh and me making them laugh in return”
For International Nurses Day on 12 May, we're sharing Nursing Assistant Carole's story, who is celebrating 25 years of dedicated service at Thorpe Hall Hospice. We hope her experience inspires others to take up a nursing career in palliative care with us.
“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.
Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice's Lymphoedema team are donning odd socks to mark Lymphoedema Awareness Week (2-8 March), shining a light on the condition and showing support for those who have to wear compression garments to manage their symptoms from day-to-day.
During Lymphoedema Awareness Week, we meet Jan Bell, a Lymphoedema Therapist at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. Jan is a qualified nurse and has worked at the hospice for 23 years. The Lyphoedema service provides specialist care and support to help people manage their symptoms. In this blog, she talks us through a day in her life.
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.”
“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.
“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.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have been trialling an innovative Wellbeing Café to support patients to live as fully and actively as possible with great success.