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Cultivating the nursing leaders of tomorrow

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Nurses who come to Sue Ryder often stay and progress further and further within their career

Sue Ryder

As a national provider of hospice and neurological care, Sue Ryder is committed to caring for the person and not the condition and its nursing force really do champion a culture of compassion and person-centred care.

Sue Ryder nurses are driven to uphold the delivery of the 6C’s in all of its care settings, however it’s the organisation’s own vision, values, behaviours and development framework which Chief Nurse, Sue Hogston, really believes sets their nurses apart:

“I have been nursing for over 30 years after spending 27 years in the NHS and was immediately blown away by the care, compassion and the ethos that Sue Ryder has as a charity.

“Our bespoke behaviour framework has three distinct areas: pushing the boundaries; doing the right thing and making the future together. These behaviours all work together to cultivate a culture where nurses have a ‘can do’ attitude and are passionate about giving people the care they want and how they want it.”

Restlessness, complacency and a lack of enthusiasm or satisfaction with the job are not attributes that Sue Ryder believes can be assigned to their nurses, who are motivated to be innovative and lead change for the better. 


Being financially rewarded without compromising on compassion or care

 Sue Ryder also has a very flat management structure, which means that even when you’re a senior nurse, you still have direct patient contact, are still there on the frontline and are very much involved in shaping services and patient care. Nurses at any level are encouraged to spend time with their patients and residents – delivering the personalised care that they aspire to - without compromising their career progression.

This is because Sue Ryder is committed to investing in leadership for frontline staff and offers nurses access to a range of opportunities to help them to develop and flourish within their profession as championed through its Development Framework.

Sue Ryder’s Development Framework positions nurses as leaders in their space and provides a clear development pathway which is financially rewarded. Progression through the Development Framework is clearly outlined for nurses and they can feel assured to progress by demonstrable achievement of knowledge, skills & competencies outlined.

The Development Framework also particularly encourages nurses to develop their clinical skills by undertaking a specialist palliative or neurological course. There are practice educators across Sue Ryder centres who lead engaging and challenging education programmes for nurses to sign up to and Sue Ryder also facilitates Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and other accredited training courses.


Every contact of care counts

Sue Ryder’s vision, values, behaviours and development framework mean that nurses who come to Sue Ryder often stay and progress further and further within their career. However, despite the opportunities for career progression, “Sue Ryder never lets us forget we are nurses.”

Sue Hogston, continued: “At Sue Ryder, we practise exactly what we preach. We say we believe in investing and supporting our nurses to become the leaders of tomorrow and that is exactly what we do. We invest, we develop and we reward. But we do this without forgetting what is important to the individual and without forgetting how to care, as every contact of care counts.

“Whether that contact be from a ward nurse supporting a patient with symptom management; a team leader going out into the community, liaising with NHS colleagues and supporting the delivery of end of life care; a care centre nurse helping an individual who has a complex neurological condition gain and maintain their independence and managing complex risk; or even a Director communicating difficult news face to face, with compassion, to individuals we care for and their loved ones.

“Every contact of care counts at Sue Ryder and every communication must be made with impact; this really is fundamental to our organisation.  

“I may have a senior position within Sue Ryder but I am nurse, utmost and foremost, and Sue Ryder never wants that to change – which is why I am proud to work for this incredible charity.”

Sue Ryder is currently recruiting a range of hospice and neurological nursing roles across England and Scotland.

To view the current vacancies please visit:

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