Thursday, 07 July 2016

Every Day Matters at Peace Hospice Care's Inpatient Unit (IPU).

To an individual facing a life-limiting illness the care they and their families receive via the Hospice's highly skilled team of qualified nurses and volunteers on the IPU can make every day matter even more. Peace Hospice Care employs specialist palliative care nurses on the Unit who are assisted by 29 volunteers.

The Hospice is currently on recruitment drive to employ more nurses and volunteer nurses. In order to continue making every day matter to patients across Hertfordshire, it is crucial that the Hospice employs the right people.

Jackie Tritton, Director of Patient Services and Quality, said: "If you're interested in working in a specialist field, delivering direct patient care where you will be supported by an experienced multi-disciplinary team and provided with an in-depth specialist palliative training program, then get in touch! We are currently looking for experienced, acute and community, staff nurses and we're always looking for volunteers to help in our Inpatient Unit, especially if they have nursing experience. Our volunteers are invaluable to us and they support our nurses and patients every day."

Benefits of working at the Hospice include:

  • Friendly working environment
  • Professional Development & Support
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycling loan scheme
  • Clinical reflection time
  • Weekly protected learning time
  • Palliative competence program

Kay Howes, a volunteer in the Hospice's IPU from Croxley Green, said: "I always wanted to work for Peace Hospice Care; when I retired the opportunity came up to volunteer with them so I took it. For the past two years I have been volunteering once a week in the Hospice's Inpatient Unit and it is incredibly rewarding.

"I worked as a Community Nurse for over 20 years prior to volunteering at the Hospice. I love talking to patients and getting to know them; volunteering at the Hospice allows me to continue doing that. My tasks at the Hospice always change depending on where I am needed. I usually help the Health Care Assistants with nursing care, as well as assisting with the laundry and making flower arrangements to make our patient's rooms feel homely.

"There's definitely something special about working at Peace Hospice Care; it's such a calm and peaceful place. The care they provide is excellent and it's very clear that the patients and their families really appreciate all the work we do. A wife of a patient recently told me that she was so grateful that I was giving up some of my time to help; it's an incredibly satisfying place to work and volunteer.

"For me it's important to support a local charity. Peace Hospice Care was built by the community and we need to help keep it going. I always encourage people to volunteer as much as they can; everyone has a role to play."

To see the current job opportunities for permanent staff and volunteering roles at Peace Hospice Care please visit the recruitment page or email recruitment@peacehospicecare.org.uk or call 01923 330330.

Every year Peace Hospice Care needs £5 million to run and develop their services. This year the Every Day Matters campaign hopes to raise £120,000 to go towards refurbishing their IPU bedrooms and en-suit facilities, as well as nurses salaries. To donate to the appeal call 01923330340, text PEAC25 £+amount to 70070 or click on the donate button on the website.