Acute shortage of palliative care nurses

Published: April 27, 2017

Acute shortage of children’s palliative care nurses

UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives has today published a new report on the demand and supply of nurses to children’s hospices in the UK.

Key findings of the report has found that:

  • The children’s hospice nurse vacancy rate in the UK higher than the NHS – and it’s grown since 2015
  • It is getting harder to recruit nurses to posts with increasing shortages of more experienced nurses
  • The nursing shortfall means that children’s hospices are being increasingly forced to cut back the vital palliative care they can offer to families.

Tracie Dempster, Director of Family and Care Services at Richard House Children’s Hospice says that it is becoming tougher every year to recruit nurses to the Beckton-based hospice. “It is especially tough in the children’s hospice sector as there are fewer children’s nurses and even fewer children’s nurses with palliative care experience. On the up side, Richard House engages more with our local universities and have more children’s nursing students than ever before on placement at the hospice. This will develop children’s palliative care nurses for the future,” she says.

Richard House is currently recruiting for children’s paediatric care nurses. Find out more and apply.

Read the full report. Together for Short Lives is calling for an urgent UK-wide summit of all of key stakeholders to agree a joint approach to tackling the issues uncovered.