On International Nurses Day today, Investment management firm Invesco has announced that it will continue to support Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire by sponsoring a nurse for a third year.
The company, which has sponsored Sue Ryder Nurse Lindsey Pitkin since January 2021, has also increased its level of sponsorship in line with the additional responsibilities that Lindsey now undertakes as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
In this specialist role, which requires gaining additional qualifications, Lindsey provides information and advice on pain control and symptom management, helps patients to plan their future care, and offers emotional support to patients and families. She is also able to prescribe and administer medications when required.
Over the last year, she has helped support more than 80 patients and their families, making essential visits in and around the local community.
Lindsey, who works 10-hour shifts caring for her patients in their own homes, said, “I love working for Sue Ryder and I am very proud to be the Invesco-sponsored nurse. I would like to thank Invesco for their ongoing committed support, it means so much and makes such a difference to the care we provide.”
Sylvia Thomas, Head of the Hospice at Home team, added: “Our dedicated healthcare teams provide specialist and compassionate care for people in their own homes in the last 12 weeks of life, creating a safe, supportive environment so families do not feel alone and the patient’s wish to receive end-of-life care at home is met. However, we couldn’t reach all the people that need us without the support of businesses and individuals in our local community generously donating and fundraising for us.
“The news that our friends at Invesco, who have supported our work for so many years, have decided to extend their sponsorship of one of our Sue Ryder Nurses for a third year comes as a tremendous boost to us all at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire. This is an incredibly generous gift and we are so grateful.”
Claire Myers, Charity and Community Support Manager at Invesco, said: “Sue Ryder touches the lives of so many families living in our local area who are going through the most difficult time. We have supported the charity in various ways since 2007 and are delighted to be able to extend our sponsorship by another year, so nurses like Lindsey can continue to be there when it matters.”
Alongside her colleagues, Lindsey works to provide palliative care services to people in their own homes in the community.
Lindsey adds, “We cover a large geographical area visiting patients in their own homes. We support them with personal care and symptom management and administer pain relief and medication as needed.
“We are also there to support the family of the patient with anything they need. Quite often we visit patients up to three times a day if they are unsettled or we are concerned about them.
“As well as our visits we liaise very closely with our other teams such as the physio team, occupational therapists, social workers, doctors and bereavement support to make sure we provide the best all-round care package to our patients.”
This care helps make a real difference to local families, as one family member shares, “I was scared, you made me feel safe. I looked forward to your visits as you always had a friendly smile when it was needed the most. Whatever happened, you dealt with it with reassurance and kindness.”
To find out more about Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub visit www.sueryder.org/southox.
Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub is currently recruiting for Registered Nurses to join their friendly and welcoming team to be there when it matters. To find out more about a career with Sue Ryder in palliative care visit www.sueryder.org/palliativecareers.