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St Clare Hospice to stage recruitment fair as part of ‘grow our own’ approach to filling clinical and admin positions

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St Clare Hospice, the charity offering end-of-life support to patients and families in the Bishop's Stortford area, is launching a recruitment drive in a bid to attract new talent to its team.

It is holding a recruitment fair at its Hastingwood base near Harlow on Monday January 24, from 2pm to 6pm, for prospective staff interested in joining its award-winning team, with a variety of roles on offer.

On the day, people will be able to find out more about the clinical and administrative positions available and find out what it is like working at the hospice.

St Clare Hospice near Harlow is recruiting for a range of clinical and administrative roles
St Clare Hospice near Harlow is recruiting for a range of clinical and administrative roles

The charity is expanding its clinical teams to meet rising demand for its specialist care in West Essex and East Herts.

The national shortage of 10% too few nurses in the UK, in addition to a 25% increase in the number of nurses leaving the sector compared with last year, means St Clare has had to think differently about how it recruits.

Carolanne Brannan, director of patient care, said: “Our specialist care requires skilled practitioners to deliver it. We know the healthcare sector across the UK is facing challenges recruiting and retaining staff. This is why we're taking a new ‘grow our own’ approach to staff recruitment. We want to attract both eager-to-learn and experienced clinicians and support their professional development to become experts in their field.”

Carolanne Brannan, director of patient care at St Clare Hospice
Carolanne Brannan, director of patient care at St Clare Hospice

Jack Squires recently joined the hospice's community team in a new specialist paramedic role. St Clare is one of very few UK hospices to employ a paramedic as part of its clinical team. Jack is using his skills and experience to make sure patients are referred to the right services, recommend medication usage and support people at the end of their life in their own homes.

“St Clare is a unique place to work," said Jack. "I can tell that my colleagues really care when they're dealing with patients. It’s the patient-centred care that is at the heart of everything. It’s such a natural fit for me and I already feel as though I’m well and truly part of the furniture! I can honestly say that everyone at the hospice, not just the clinical team, have been so welcoming.”

He said it was the perfect opportunity for him to progress in his career.

“For some paramedics and other allied health professionals, palliative care may not be on the career agenda. But St Clare has offered me opportunities to progress in my role. The role also makes use of my already acquired clinical skills and ability to work autonomously. I would recommend the palliative care sector as one of the most rewarding, job-satisfying and evolving sectors of healthcare to work in.”

Specialist paramedic Jack Squires
Specialist paramedic Jack Squires

Carolanne added: “Our recruitment fair is the first opportunity we’ve had recently to open our doors to local professionals and showcase our services and the dedicated staff we have delivering them. Whether you're actively seeking a new role or looking to find out more about what a hospice does and what it's like working in one, you'll be welcome on the day.”

For those unable to make it in person, St Clare is holding a virtual recruitment fair on the same day, 5pm-6pm. Attendees can talk to the human resources team, find out more about the roles available and speak with hospice staff and managers.

For more information about the fair or jobs at St Clare, call Tunde Sowunmi on 01279 773744 or email HR@stclarehospice.org.uk.

To book a place at the recruitment fair, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/recruitment-fair-tickets-228003182657. To book a place at the virtual fair, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-recruitment-fair-tickets-228007946907.

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