Nurse recruitment drive launched as Lincolnshire’s “hospice in the hospital” takes a step closer to opening

A recruitment drive has been launched ahead of the opening of Lincolnshire’s pioneering “hospice in the hospital” at Grantham.

St Barnabas Hospice, who is working in a unique partnership with the local NHS to open the new inpatient unit this summer, is looking to tap into the county’s pool of nursing expertise to fill six full-time posts.

The charity has already recruited a manager for the purpose-designed, six-bed unit at Grantham and District Hospital – but is now aiming to draw upon “home grown” talent to add to the clinical team.

“This is very much a nurse-led unit and its creation opens up career opportunities to be at the forefront of a new and integrated approach to palliative and end-of-life care,” said Director of Patient Care at St Barnabas, Jane Bake.

“We are recruiting individuals who have relevant experience as a Band 5 or equivalent in an appropriate area, for example in the acute setting, adult medicine, or community.”

She added: “This is an exciting venture that cements Lincolnshire’s reputation for innovation in caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, offering nurses the chance to be at the heart of its development from the outset.”

The new £1.2m unit will care for more than 160 people from across South West Lincolnshire each year – saving them and their friends and family a 30-mile journey to currently the county’s only inpatient unit at Nettleham Road, Lincoln.

Post -registration experience, and or a qualification in palliative care is desirable. The postholder will be responsible for assessing care needs, and the planning, delivery and evaluation of nursing care within a palliative care environment.

The recruitment of the nursing team signals another milestone in the creation of the new unit. In addition to the unit manager, the charity recently appointed to the 1.5 healthcare support worker roles within the team – after receiving no fewer than 35 applications.

• For further details about these nursing vacancies please contact Kate Cole, Sister Day Surgery, Grantham at kate.cole@ulh.nhs.uk; or Michelle Webb, General Manager (South) St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice michelle.webb@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

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