Hannah Holmes – Deputy IPU Manager
Hannah started working for the hospice in November 2013 after spending three years working on an acute neurological ward.
She had always wanted to work in palliative care so when she saw a job for a Staff Nurse advertised she decided to apply.
In 2015 she successfully applied for a role as a Senior Staff Nurse before progressing to become Deputy Inpatient Unit Manager in February 2018.
Here she describes what it is like to work for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
“When I arrived I thought everyone was really friendly,” she said. “When you begin working for the hospice you are introduced to everyone and I love that. It felt homely and less clinical than a hospital environment.
“I love being able to do my job efficiently and look after my patients to the best of my ability. We also have the facilities to provide good care. The facilities are amazing and we’ve got on-site doctors, social workers and there’s always support when you need it from the Hospice Nurse Specialist team. The Healthcare Assistants on the IPU are very skilled and provide the nurses with a lot of support. Staff here are very supportive of each other and always respectful of the environment they are in.
“We work as a team and if a patient needs a nurse, regardless of whose patient they are, everybody works together to make sure the patient is looked after.
“I love working here and I can’t imagine working anywhere else now. I look forward to coming into work and that makes me feel very fortunate.”