Rennie Grove Hospice Care is currently recruiting to its team of Bank Staff and is seeking registered nurses or Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) who would be able to provide cover overnight, during the day and at weekends.
Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, Sue Varvel, explains: “Rennie Grove offers a 24/7 responsive service in patients’ homes and our bank of 31 nurses who are available to give additional support to the teams and to cover holiday and sickness are a crucial part of maintaining that round-the-clock service. As our patient caseload increases it’s important that we have qualified clinicians available to provide cover at all times, so we’d like to sign up more Bank Nurses across our nursing area.”
Catherine Hourican previously worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Rennie Grove’s south Bucks Hospice at Home team and automatically transferred to a Bank Nurse contract when she retired in May last year. Catherine says: “For me, the Bank Nurse role is very fulfilling and still carries significant responsibility. I feel very supported and valued by the team. It’s also a way for me to top up my NHS pension.”
Julie Gatrell worked in the community as a District Nurse before joining Rennie Grove’s team of Bank Nurses. She says: “As a District Nurse I worked closely with Rennie Grove, providing palliative care to patients in the community. I retired from my position as a District Nursing Sister at the end of 2012 and joined Rennie Grove in January 2013 as I wished to continue working in palliative care. Working as a Bank Nurse enabled me to do this with flexible working hours. I’m well supported and have opportunities to develop my practice.”
Sue adds: “Our Bank Nurses don’t necessarily need to have a great deal of experience in palliative care or community nursing. One of the benefits to being a Bank Nurse with us is that you can develop experience of community nursing from experts in end-of-life care. You’ll also get to work with healthcare professionals across all sectors. And whether you sign up for days, weekends or nights, you’ll have the time to give the care you were trained to give, rather than having to rush on to the next appointment.”
The role could suit retired nurses like Catherine and Julie, or nurses and HCAs who are just embarking on their career and want to increase their hours and experience. For more details and to apply, visit www.renniegrove.org/jobs or call 01494 877200.