Recruitment Archives - East Cheshire Hospice

Meet Tess Cleaver, Hospice @Home Manager

Tess Cleaver decided she wanted to work at East Cheshire Hospice when she attended an open day there five years ago.

She was a hospital staff nurse at the time and highly recommends working for the hospice which has now created two more nursing vacancies for qualified nurses.

Tess said: “The experience I gained as a hospital staff nurse was so valuable and I wouldn’t have done what I do here without that background.

“I applied here and was fortunate enough to be offered a full-time position on the inpatient unit as a staff nurse. When I attended an open day I thought this is the place where I’d like to be.

“I’ve never looked back and it’s a unique place to place to work. Everyone who works here, whether on the inpatient unit or in the Hospice @Home team, feels privileged to be here.”

Tess, who is now the Hospice @Home Manager, added: “We focus on holistic care and time is allowed for all duties, especially those patient-facing tasks. Everyone has heard of the Hospice and has some kind of experience, whether in a professional capacity or as a volunteer.

“The Hospice is also committed to developing staff through training, education and experience and the support from managers and colleagues is something you’ll never experience anywhere else.”

East Cheshire Hospice needs HCAs!

East Cheshire Hospice is looking for new staff as it prepares to extend its Hospice @Home service to 24 hours a day.

The Hospice is advertising for 15 community health care assistants with experience in the health care sector not a requirement.

The recruitment drive comes as the charity gears up for a round-the-clock Hospice @Home service from April.

The facility has been an outstanding  success since it began two years ago, supporting more than 400 people enabling them to die in their preferred place.

The service has been operating ‘out-of-hours’ from 6.30 pm until 8 am and 24 hours at weekends so far, but due to demand and popularity will shortly be available all day.

Clair Watson, the Hospice’s People and Development Manager, said: “We know there are patients and families dealing with life-limiting illness who want to remain at home but still need care, support and kindness.

“If health care assistants haven’t worked in care before we’ll train them fully. It could be a great opportunity for someone who’s just finished education, or wants to change career.

“The successful applicants must want to be a vital part of someone’s daily routine and would be joining an extremely well-supported team.

“Hospice @Home is about maintaining quality of life in a patient’s preferred place of care, allowing  them to live as well as possible in the comfort of their own home, rather than go into hospital or attend a medical centre.

“The Hospice is a great place to work. In our last staff and volunteer survey, 98 per cent of respondents felt they enjoyed their work and believed in everything we’re  trying to achieve here.

“The same survey was conducted in 42 hospices in the UK and 25,000 other people working in charities, and we exceeded the average scores easily in all categories.”

New staff would need to travel independently through Cheshire East and High Peak areas. Anyone interested can attend a drop-in session at the Hospice on Thurs, Nov 21 (9-11 am) or Tues, Nov 26 (6 pm – 8 pm).