The search is on for Lancashire’s best nurses, clinical support workers and nurse associates to help care for children at Derian House Children’s Hospice.
The charity has launched a huge recruitment drive to take on up to 12 new members of staff as part of improvements to how it delivers care for more than 400 seriously ill babies, children, young adults and their families.
Nurses who currently work at the hospice, in Chorley, have created a video to show potential candidates the benefits of working at the hospice rather than in the NHS.
Reasons include great development opportunities, a variety of experiences with children and young people that isn’t available within a hospital setting, and the opportunity to really make a difference.
Staff at the charity also receive free parking and subsidised meals in the hospice diner – and nurses joining from the NHS will be able to continue with their NHS pension.
Ruth Ellicott, Registered Nurse at Derian House, said: “At the hospice I have more time to spend with each child. I’m usually looking after the same child from the start to the end of my shift. I feel like I can be what I set out to be – a nurse delivering excellent care. I know that I’m making a real difference to families here at Derian House.”
Catherine Randall, Clinical Director (Chief Nurse) at Derian House, said: “It’s an exciting time at Derian House and we’re looking for more registered nurses to join us in our journey to continue to provide excellent care for our families.
“Derian House is a happy place but of course there are sad moments too – to look after a child and their family at the end of their life is a real honour and a privilege.
“We have a fantastic team and we all support each other. We’re looking forward to welcoming some talented new nurses into the Derian family to make sure the care we offer to our families is the very best it can be.”