Can you use your nursing skills to prevent hospital admissions for patients with life-limiting illnesses? Your skills could keep families together, at home, making memories when every moment matters.
As a Rennie Grove Hospice at Home Nurse in the South Bucks Hospice at Home team, you’ll become an expert in different approaches to nursing care. Specialising in palliative care, especially in a community setting, requires you to anticipate likely developments, listening carefully and trying to predict and pre-empt problems and prevent emergencies. You’ll also need to act decisively in rapid response to a patient’s sudden deterioration, so as well as anticipating and planning for the next stage in a patient’s illness, you need the confidence to put that plan into practice at short notice. Rennie Grove’s robust induction, education and CPD programme can build on your existing competencies and give you that confidence.
If you’re looking to specialise, palliative care in patients’ homes challenges you to be more flexible and responsive as a nurse, while considering the whole patient and their family’s needs too. GPs and paramedics often look to Rennie Grove nurses for advice on prescribing and treatment, so having extensive, up-to-date knowledge is crucial. With Rennie Grove you have the depth of knowledge, experience and support that gives you the confidence to push yourself to make a difference.
Acting as a patient advocate – ensuring continuity of care
You’ll use your nursing skills and knowledge, complemented by the education, support and mentoring we’ll provide, to make sure all a patient’s end-of-life care needs are addressed. You’ll work with multiple agencies, advising, explaining and acting as a patient advocate in conversations with GPs, paramedics and other healthcare providers. This multi-disciplinary collaboration, alongside excellent communications and teamwork within the charity, means your patients will have continuity of care and be able to focus on quality time with their family.
Holistic nursing care
You’ll have the time, training and support to gain a more in-depth understanding of patients’ needs and how to address them. Your work isn’t task-orientated, but fully focused on the care and support each family needs for their loved one to spend their final days at home.
Visiting patients in their own homes, you’ll be providing specialist palliative care alongside emotional and psychological support for the whole family, building a rapport over weeks, months or even years so that symptoms are controlled, hospital admissions prevented and families able to spend quality time together, at home.
Experience of palliative, cancer or community care is desirable but not essential. As long as you have general or specialist post-registration nursing experience as a Band 5 nurse, are a good sensitive listener and team player with the confidence and decision-making skills to assess and respond rapidly to a patient’s evolving needs, then this could be the role for you.
- first level registered General Nurse desirably with a module in palliative care or cancer care
- current post registration experience at Band 5 or above carrying out general or specialist nursing care
- proven experience of effective team working
- excellent judgement and good decision making skills
- ability to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate nursing care
- caring and empathetic approach
- commitment to Rennie Grove purpose
- your own car and a driving licence.
We can offer:
- a supportive environment
- personal development
- flexible working
- opportunities to volunteer
- generous annual leave entitlement
- NMC registration fees paid
- passionate team with quality at the heart of what we do.
At Rennie Grove Hospice Care, we’re all about making every moment matter for our patients and families, and you can play your part in that. We provide care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness, and their families, visiting day and night. It’s important work and, to make it all happen, we need talented and passionate people.
Are you ready to make a difference? Apply on NHS Jobs: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/direct_apply/?vac_ref=916549898
For an informal chat about this role contact Sybs Almassy, Head of Nursing Buckinghamshire on 07387 411319.
Closing 29 June 2021 at 12 noon.
Interviews: 9 July 2021.