Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

More Time to Make a Real Difference; Advertising FeatureNurses at Ellenor, the Charity Supporting Families Facing Terminal Illness, Help Make Life Easier for Patients. If You Are Looking for a New, Rewarding Role, This Charity Is Currently Recruiting

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

More Time to Make a Real Difference; Advertising FeatureNurses at Ellenor, the Charity Supporting Families Facing Terminal Illness, Help Make Life Easier for Patients. If You Are Looking for a New, Rewarding Role, This Charity Is Currently Recruiting

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

"HELPING people when they are at their most vulnerable, when they may only have hours, days, weeks or months to live, is a real privilege," says Linda Coffey, head of adult community services at palliative care charity Ellenor.

"I go home every day and know I have done something to make life better for our patients -- which is vitally important when they are terminally ill or have a life-limiting condition.

"You can help them make plans to do something with the time they have left and you help them deal with the things they need to do before they die, like saying goodbye.

"It is not just older people; we deal with all ages, including children, and we help them and their families during a difficult time. We will be as involved as people want us to be and help them with advanced care plans, so their loved ones know their wishes."

The support that Ellenor offers families is amazing. We work across Kent, from Dartford and Gravesend to Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone, as well as the London Borough of Bexley.

It is the only charity in Kent that provides hospice care for people of all ages -- babies, children and adults -- and their families.

Palliative care includes pain and symptom relief, end-of-life care, respite, bereavement support and emotional and spiritual care.

Ninety per cent of care is provided in a patient's home -- or, in some cases, their care home -- and to provide round-the-clock care, the charity needs to raise more than PS6.7 million each year.

"My passion was always hands-on nursing and that is why I decided to work here at Ellenor and why I believe other nurses might also be inspired to work in palliative care as you have more time to be there and make a difference," continues Coffey.

ROLES IN PALLIATIVE CARE Ellenor is currently recruiting for clinical nurse specialists, senior staff nurses and staff nurses for its adult community services; staff nurses to work on its Inpatient Ward; and paediatric advanced nurse practitioners/paediatric nurse specialists for its children's team.

"Experience in palliative care is not necessary," says Coffey. …

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