Careers Morning for Nurses and Carers, 1st October

On Saturday 1st October 2022, we are opening our hospice doors in Maidenhead for a Careers Morning aimed at nurses and carers.

This event is suitable for a range of professionals including Band 4 Nurse Associates, Band 5 and 6 Nurses, Band 3 and 4 Carers, and Nursery Nurses.

As well as the chance to meet members of Alexander’s Care Team and a tour of the hospice, there will be demonstrations of clinical skills and presentations showcasing the different service areas provided.

On the day, Alexander Devine’s Matron, Harriet Denny, will also give a talk about the varied, exciting, and rewarding roles that are available along with opportunities for career development:

Alexander Devine really is a unique place to work with roles that are varied, creative and rewarding. We want the Careers Morning to be an opportunity for people to explore how extensive children’s hospice care is and the fantastic opportunities that come with joining our team.

 

The demand on our service has never been greater with the number of children requiring complex clinical care continuing to grow each year. We need to recruit more nurses and carers to make sure we can reach out and be there for every child and family that we can.

 

We know that there is national shortage of palliative care nurses and children’s community nurses across the UK. However, despite this, we have managed to successfully recruit and increase the team to double the number we had five years ago. We want to continue growing our team and attract passionate individuals who share our vision of providing high quality care for each child and family that needs us.”

 

We are mounting a recruitment drive in response to the increasing demand for the specialist care and vital support that we provide to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, across Berkshire and into surrounding counties.

We currently support more than 150 children and their families but are committed to growing our service and reaching out to every child and family that needs them across the region. Demand for its service has never been greater and research shows that there are over 1,370 children in Berkshire alone with life-limiting conditions. Sadly, this number is set to rise by a further 11% by 2030*.

We offer a range of specialist care and support services at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead as well as out in the community in a family’s home, in hospitals, or in schools. This includes Respite care, Specialist play, Symptom management, Family support, End of life care, and Bereavement support.

Nurses and carers are an integral part of our Alexander’s Care Team, which is skilled in looking after children with complex healthcare needs. The multi-disciplinary team includes clinical nurse specialists, nurses, carers, play specialists, music therapists, counsellors, and doctors.

The Careers Morning takes place between 10am and 12pm on Saturday 1st October. To book your place, please email ameliap@alexanderdevine.org

For more information about current vacancies, please visit www.alexanderdevine.org/jobs

*Data source: Make Every Child Count’ study by Fraser et al (2020)

 

Need our help?

The word hospice should not seem scary and getting support from us doesn’t have to mean a child’s death is imminent. Helping to enrich the lives of the children and their families is at the heart of our service, our end of life and bereavement support is just a part of what we do.

Our children’s hospice service covers the whole of Berkshire and into surrounding counties. If you think your child may be eligible for our services, please do get in touch.

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