Our team of Nurses and Health Care Assistants (HCA’s) is led by the Head of Nursing Services who is the registered by our regulator the Care Quality Commission and oversees our clinical activity and management of the Team.
Our Nurses have amassed a wealth of community care experience and provide hands-on nursing care and symptom management so that both patients and families receive the best possible care in their homes.
The Nursing team is supplemented by a team of Health Care Assistants who work with patients and families to provide respite care and occasional personal care. The HCA’s are not trained Nurses but are selected for their practical caring skills and their passion for ensuring that patients receive the very best care possible.
Gemma Roberts – Head of Nursing Services
Gemma is a Registered Nurse who trained at Coventry University and started her nursing career in Critical care. Soon after Gemma realised her passion was in community nursing and she joined the Shipston District Nursing team.
Palliative care then became her special interest and she then joined the Stratford Evening Nurse Service, where she worked closely with local Hospice at Home services and developed a keen interest in Hospice at home care.
Gemma is committed to giving people choice at the end of their lives and being part of Shipston Home Nursing allows her to make this to happen.
Jodie is a Registered Nurse and was trained at the Nottingham School of Nursing.
Jodie’s career has given her a broad range of experience including dementia care, post-surgery nursing, a range of palliative conditions, care of the elderly, brain injury, and motor neurone disease among others.
Nursing management was her passion and she moved to the private sector managing numerous Nursing Homes, the most recent of which was a 45-bed nursing home with 80 staff including RGN’s, RMN’s and physiotherapists.
During the last seven years her career Jodies has focused solely on palliative care, working with Shipston Home Nursing and has been able to transfer her managerial skills to the lead the Nursing Team.
Caroline Hutchison – Nurse Coordinator
Caroline trained at Carshalton Surrey and worked at Stratford Hospital and then spent 20 years at the Nuffield Hospital Leamington Spa. Caroline has been involved in palliative care work since 2000 and joined us in 2006. She also works as a school nurse. Caroline always says that it is a privilege to be introduced to patient families and being allowed into their homes to provide individual quality care.
Barbara Quinn – Nurse Coordinator
Born in Ebbw Vale, South Wales and proud to be Welsh, Barbara has lived in Shipston on Stour and have lived there for 4 years having previously lived Birmingham for 32 years.
Barbara joined the team in 2016 as a Nurse Coordinator and having spent a lot of her career in the NHS mainly in Orthopaedics. Barbara believes that working in the Community has broadened her both nursing and interpersonal skills as ‘each patient and each family is so different and our role as Nurses is to fit in with them so that we build trust to help through difficult times’.
Caroline Ann Lloyd – Nurse Coordinator
Caroline moved into community nursing at the Ellen Badger Community Hospital in the nineties. and after 8 years joined the District Nursing Service in Wellesbourne. This service was merged with the Shipston team and she met and worked alongside Shipston Home Nurses before joining us in November 2016. Caroline too says she finds it a privilege to help and support patients and their families at this stage in their lives.
Suzanne Roberts – Nurse Coordinator
Suzanne started her Nurse training aged 18 years at Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral. Once qualified she worked on the Oncology Unit for 5 years starting a life long interest in palliative care. Suzanne then started district nursing putting her palliative care experience to good use in the community where she remained for 23 years.
Suzanne joined Shipston Home Nursing 18 months ago, initially as a Bank Nurse and then as a Nurse Coordinator.
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We have been living in hugely different times which are likely to continue and possibly change for at least the immediate future as every attempt is made to manage and mitigate the spread of the current pandemic.
I count myself lucky and privileged as a key worker to have the chance to get out regularly to go to work in hospital, being allowed to continue to treat patients albeit in very altered circumstances.
The Charity has had to adapt to a new and evolving landscape with meetings carried out virtually through video links and for a period of time our support staff working from their own homes, and the nurses have the added challenge of coping with uncomfortable Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) when visiting patients.
It is a great credit to the nursing team led by Gemma Roberts that they have continued to deliver care at home during this crisis, well supported by our management team who have developed policies and sourced adequate PPE to ensure the safety of patients and our staff.
During recent months, the number of patients looked after and dying at home has increased compared to last year, and since April all patients in our care, have died in their own homes. It remains to be seen if this trend continues when normal services try to restore in hospitals and General Practice. Our aim, as always is to meet this continued demand with the high quality support patients and carers deserve.
As a result, of the social distanced lives we now lead, income from community events and associated local fundraising has all but ceased as events are either cancelled or postponed. This is most obviously demonstrated by the postponement of the Circus Ball which was due to take place in June. Not only is this a loss of much needed regular income but also missed opportunities to publicise and promote our services. We have been fortunate however to receive some financial support from Government via Hospice UK plus several very generous local bequests and donations for which we are profoundly grateful. Our investments have, as you might expect, suffered in the global economic downturn but there is some confidence from fund managers that these will recover in the medium term to pre-Covid levels
For the future, to maintain sustainable income and the current level of service we offer, we are exploring additional sources of funding including grants from trusts, legacies, increased regular giving and online donations through JustGiving, Virgin Money and several other sites all of which can be viewed at www.shipstonhomenursing.co.uk/donate/
Our website and the regular email communications we send out will keep you updated on our plans for reactivating local events, when it is possible to do so.
Finally, June 2020 was a significant date in our calendar with the retirement from the Board of Trustees of one of its founder members, Charlie Wells. Charlie has been an ever present source of inspiration and commitment to us and contributed to many roles, using her nursing and caring background for the benefit of the Charity and of course, the patients. We all owe Charlie a deep debt of gratitude and we will endeavour to continue to deliver her original ambition to give the best possible care to our patients.
Chairman of Trustees