Hospice of St Leonard in York hit by a shortage of employees

YORK hospice launched a major recruitment after being hit by rising levels of employee absence – which forced it to briefly suspend admissions.

St Leonard’s Hospice says it is hit by a mix of illness, maternity leave and ongoing vacancies linked to recruitment challenges that is also affecting other hospices nationwide.

It says it is working with a reduced number of beds at its patient unit, but it aims to increase the number of beds available to patients over the coming weeks, after already recruiting 16 new employees.

The problems arose less than two months after The Press revealed how a nurse and two health workers at the hospice were fired after they and 16 other staff violated the rules of confinement when they met in a bar beer garden in May, ahead of national regulations. were relaxed.

A spokesman said yesterday that a major recruitment had been launched through the hospice’s hospital and hospice @ Home teams.

“We are looking for a deputy care nurse / sister, registered nurses and bank registered nurses to work on our patient unit,” she said.

“In addition, we have brand new nursing roles available.

“Currently, we are experiencing increasing levels of employee absence.

“This is due to a mix of illness, maternity leave and ongoing vacancies linked to some challenges in recruitment.”

She claimed that the hospice’s problems did not differ to those that other hospices, and the wider health and social care sector, experienced, both locally and nationally.

“As a result, we are operating at a reduced bed base on our impatient unit,” she said.

She said the hospice on Tadcaster Road had taken a previous decision recently to briefly suspend admissions to the unit.

“We are now open to admissions again, but still at a reduced bed base,” she said.

“As with everyone in the sector, this is not a position we want to be in, but the safety of our patients and the well-being of our staff remain our top priorities.

“Our ambition is to increase the number of beds available to patients over the coming weeks.

“The addition of 16 new beginners to the unit, a mix of registered nurses, nurses, bank nurses and bank nurses, will help us achieve that and we look forward to welcoming them to the team.”

She said the hospice continues to see a significant increase in demand for care in the community as more patients decide to die in their own homes.

“We’ve seen a 30 percent increase in demand for services,” she added.

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