Recruitment drive for palliative care nurses in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), one of the four NHS healthcare providers behind the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ recruitment campaign launched in June this year, is urging palliative care nurses to relocate to Northamptonshire to fill permanent full-time and part-time vacancies, at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, the Cransley Hospice and within the community in its Hospice at Home team.

NHFT is looking for specialist palliative care nurses or Registered General nurses with an interest in palliative care, who can demonstrate the range of skills and competencies required to provide high quality care. These include empathy and understanding towards patients, excellent communication skills and a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to relate to people from a range of backgrounds.

The posts will be advertised on the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ microsite – which unites the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital and St Andrew’s Healthcare, a leading charity providing specialist mental healthcare – in a joint bid to address their recruitment needs across the county – a unique approach in the NHS.

‘The Best of Both Worlds’ campaign microsite highlights the diverse career opportunities for doctors and nurses and benefits of working and living in the beautiful county of Northamptonshire, such as the good schools, the great lifestyle, affordable housing, easy commuting and great transport links, including being just one hour from London, Oxford and Birmingham.

Chris Oakes, Director of HR and OD at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “There are huge benefits for nurses who relocate to Northamptonshire. Through our many services, we offer better opportunities for palliative care nurses at Northamptonshire than London, as well as flexible working hours that can enhance people’s work/life balance. We’re focused on training and development and have a great culture that supports staff wellbeing.”

Laura Marlton a Ward Sister at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice relocated to Northamptonshire in 2011 when her husband took a new job in Milton Keynes. Laura’s ambition was to work in palliative care. Describing the benefits of her role, Laura said, “Palliative care nurses need to be empathetic, organised, kind, compassionate and deeply caring. To be successful in this role you also need to have an understanding and supportive family who understand what you do.

“I love my job as there is a fantastic team spirit amongst staff. We all know each other’s strengths and weakness and work very closely together to benefit patients. We also really support each other and often socialise together outside work.”

“Our focus is on providing holistic and individual care for every patient. We really get to know them and go the extra mile to provide the best care and support possible for their needs. For instance, if a patient wants to go home for an hour and that is important to them we will organise it. We have also organised things such as wedding blessings, day trips and birthday parties, and even having pets, including horses, visit.”

Laura added, “I also love living in Northamptonshire, I live in a beautiful village with a commute time of just four minutes to work and I’ve found the people to be really friendly.”

Like Laura, staff Nurse Pauline Mitchell who works in palliative care at Cransley Hospice relocated six months ago from Scotland.

Pauline said, “I love working here as it’s a small unit with just nine beds and there is a very good ratio of staff to patients. This means all patients are given a proper amount of time and nothing is rushed, so the care patients receive is quality care. The team here has been hugely welcoming and they really listen to your ideas and take them on board.”

Other benefits include the excellent work life balance at the hospice and the fact that all senior staff are committed to maintaining a good work life balance. Pauline says the management is also very encouraging about training and education.

Pauline also really enjoys living in Northamptonshire and has found there is a real mix of people, with lots of Scottish people living nearby in Corby. She adds, “I love the greenery, the tiny villages and the relaxed feel of Northamptonshire.”