“My favourite thing about working here is the difference you make” – Nurse vacancies are perfect for anyone looking to gain experience and develop skills working in children’s palliative care

Nurses have the chance to make a difference and touch the lives of children and families across Cambridgeshire by joining the team at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The organisation, rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, is currently recruiting at its Milton base.

Full-time and part-time hours will be considered and registered Children’s, Adult and Learning Disabilities Nurses are encouraged to apply here.

EACH delivers all-encompassing, supportive care to babies, children and young people, in addition to life-long support for families, and expert nursing is a fundamental part of its comprehensive range of services.

Care Manager Sarah Brutnell believes the vacancies are perfect for anyone looking to gain experience and develop skills working in children’s palliative care.

“My favourite thing about working here is the difference you make,” she said.

“One of our main values is ‘make it happen’ and we really bring that to life, particularly in care. I’ll never forget the planning that went into somebody renewing their vows on the care floor, or the time we brought our winter lights to the hospice.

“In what other job and setting are you able to do that? The way the whole team pulls together and at end of life is quite incredible.

“Even on a tougher, more challenging shift, I don’t see it as a bad day. It’s still hugely satisfying and you’ve got to love what you do. I think that’s so important.”

EACH works closely with families to forge strong, supportive relationships and ensure the best possible care and support. Depending on their needs and wishes, care is also delivered within the family home and the wider community, including in hospital.

Three parents have spoken of the difference nurses make. Mum Lisa Ayton says EACH has been an “absolute saviour” thanks to the care and support her family receive at Milton.

Daughter Abbie Denston, 12, has a rare gene mutation which has created a number of other health complications, including epilepsy and hypertonia.

“Abbie’s been receiving care at the hospice since she was one and it’s been an absolute saviour,” said Lisa.

“Having three children with special needs is hard work and incredibly intense. There are times when I feel beyond tired. In fact, I’m completely exhausted.

“When Abbie has respite care, it gives me a chance to take a break, recharge my batteries and catch my breath. I feel I’ve got more energy when she comes home again and that’s such an invaluable feeling.

“It’s so nice knowing she’s safe and happy. It means I can relax.”

William Carlson has faced many complex medical challenges since birth. The 12-year-old has a brain malformation called Lissencephaly. He also has complex epilepsy, cortical visual impairment and is profoundly disabled with multiple learning difficulties.

Mum Helen said: “William has a 24-night-a-year package of care at Milton.

“Due to his complex needs, he requires nurse-led care for overnight respite and nowhere else in the county could provide that.

“It’s so important to us that he receives a high standard of medical care, from people who care about the children they are looking after.”

Chloe Bowes, 16, has a rare neurological disorder called Bilateral Perisylvian Polymicrogyria (BPP).

“The care and support is given with such warmth and kindness,” said mum Nadia.

“It’s hard to put into words how appreciative we are. It’s been a lifeline and helped me find the strength to get through some dark times.

“The staff have always been so kind and professional and displayed such genuine fondness and affection for Chloe. As a parent, I couldn’t ask for more.”

  • EACH provides all the training and development required to deliver children’s palliative care and regular clinical, safeguarding and management supervision to support your professional development.
  • In addition, EACH offers a comprehensive range of benefits which include: continuation of NHS pension (if already contributing), pool car provided when working in the community and free onsite parking and subsidised meals at our hospices.

To view full vacancy details and apply for a position at EACH, please click here.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk


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