Charity seeks specialist nurses for its 24/7 hospice at home service

Rennie Grove nurses have time to talk to patients and their families PNL-151026-130910001
Rennie Grove nurses have time to talk to patients and their families PNL-151026-130910001

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is looking for nurses with experience in community or palliative care to work in its Hospice at Home teams across Bucks and Herts.

The charity employs about 60 registered nurses who offer specialist palliative and hands-on nursing care in patients’ homes on a planned and responsive basis.

Rennie Grove provides specialist responsive 24/7 Hospice at Home care for adults and children in Bucks and Herts 356 days a year.

This means that unnecessary and distressing hospital admissions can be avoided wherever possible and patients can continue to live at home – and even die at home if that is their wish.

Rennie Grove’s unique model of care enables about 70 per cent of the charity’s patients to spend their final days at home, compared with just 22 per cent nationally.

All Rennie Grove’s services are provided at no cost to the patient and the charity relies heavily on public support to fund over 85 per cent of its £6.7 million budget.

In a recent survey of Rennie Grove nurses, two recurring themes came up in terms of what sets the charity apart as an employer and service provider.

One aspect is the time Rennie Grove nurses can dedicate to each patient visit,

Another is the ongoing training and support the charity provides.

Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at Rennie Grove, Sue Varvel, said: “Our nurses have time to reassure patients and their families and discuss any concerns they may have.

“Although our patient numbers are always on the rise, it’s important to us that we maintain this element of our care.

“It means so much to our patients and our nurses clearly appreciate it too.

“Many of them say having time with patients means they can give the care they were trained to give, rather than having to rush on to the next appointment.

“In terms of what we can offer nurses, the training and support available sets us apart from other employers.

“We offer ‘protected’ supervision so no matter how busy the team gets, nurses still have that all-important time to de-brief.”

Rennie Grove also provides an extensive induction for nurses, a six-month mentorship programme and ongoing opportunities for continuing professional development.

Visit to find out more or call the charity’s HR team on 01494 877200 to enquire about shadowing a Rennie Grove nurse.