Make a difference by helping patients at the end of their lives

25th January 2022, 4:50pm | By Jill Crooks |

Outstanding end-of-life care provider Prospect Hospice in Swindon is looking for nurses with a passion for palliative care to join it.

The hospice, which is rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, is recruiting nurses to work in the community and on its inpatient unit.

The charity is holding two open days to showcase its services and for people to hear from its nursing and medical staff about why they love working in palliative care and their roles, the services the hospice provides and the training and career progression opportunities available.

The open days will be held virtually and are on 4 and 5 February. Each day will have two sessions – one about working in the inpatient unit at the hospice and the other about joining the team of community nurses that deliver specialised care in patient’s homes and care homes.  There will also be a virtual tour of the hospice and a presentation of the history of the hospice and how the service is funded.

Nurse Jane Farmery joined Prospect Hospice as the inpatient unit team leader seven weeks ago and is loving her role.

“It’s a fantastic place to work,” she said. “Everybody has made me feel very welcome and the team is hugely supportive. As soon as I walked through the door of the hospice I knew it was a special place.

“Everyone, from the clinical staff, the receptionists, fundraising staff and all the teams who work behind the scenes, is committed to delivering outstanding care and services to patients, their loved ones and supporters of the hospice.

“The environment at Prospect Hospice with a higher staff to patient ratio means we have the time to care and make a difference.”

Jane, who lives in Wiltshire, has many years’ experience of caring for people with terminal illnesses as she previously worked as an oncology nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, and University College Hospital, London.

She said: “My job is a vocation. Spending time with and caring for patients who are nearing the end of life is so rewarding. We are here to support them so they are not on their own. Palliative care means we can’t cure a patient’s illness or condition, but we can make a difference to how they live by helping get their symptoms under control and for them to be pain free so they are comfortable.

“By doing these things you can make their last months and days a whole different experience that is meaningful for them and they can make precious memories, such as celebrating their final birthday with their family.”

Carolyn Bell, director of patient services at Prospect Hospice, said: “Our virtual open days provide a great opportunity to find out more about working as a nurse at Prospect Hospice.

“If you are an experienced nurse or a newly qualified nurse and are interested in working in palliative care or hadn’t considered it before but would like to know more, then please register for our virtual open days. We would love to see you. The hospice is a special place and you could be part of the team making a difference to patients and their families every day.”

Please visit the website www.prospect-hospice.net/openday to find out more about the open days on 4 and 5 February and to register your interest in attending.

Prospect Hospice is a charity providing end-of-life care to people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves a community of more than 300,000 people in Swindon and north east Wiltshire, including Royal Wootton Bassett, Cricklade, Marlborough and Pewsey.

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