“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.
Jean Piper’s husband Clive was cared for at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice eleven years ago and Jean embarked on the ‘Dive for Clive’ skydive in his memory. Even when she herself was diagnosed with leukaemia she continued fundraising and volunteering in the Wheatfields shop, and it is that determination which saw her presented with the Sue Ryder Incredible Colleagues Award for Overcoming Obstacles last year.
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.
Meet the latest volunteer at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice – a loveable, furry, three year old Cockapoo called Mabel. Pets as Therapy dog Mabel started volunteering at the hospice last year and has proved to be a ‘pawsome’ pal to patients, relatives and staff. Here, Mabel’s owner and fellow volunteer Debra tells us about their experiences.
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.”
For Sharon Wotherspoon, it was the start of a whole new career when her children volunteered at their local Sue Ryder shop. That was six years ago and Sharon is now Shop Manager of Sue Ryder’s Mengham shop on Hayling Island.
“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.
Pets can be a great support during illness and beyond – as volunteer Barry discovered when, following his wife Sarita’s death, he signed up their puppy Bella to become a certified Pets as Therapy dog.
People with neurological conditions in England are being let down by the very health and care systems that are supposed to be supporting them – that’s the finding of our new report Time to get it right, writes our Policy and Public Affairs Manager (England) Duncan Lugton.