New Deputy Director of Nursing joins our team

We are delighted to welcome Kelly Beckta, as our new Deputy Director of Nursing. With a career spanning 22 years, Kelly has worked in roles ranging from Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Auditor, Director of Nursing and National Head of Nursing in both public and private sectors in Canada, U.A.E, Qatar and the UK.

In this interview she tells us a bit more about herself and her role here at our hospices:

“I have recently come from The National Centre for Cancer Care and Research in Qatar where I also worked with end of life and palliative care. I really enjoyed it and knew I wanted to stay in that line of work and that I wanted to work for a charity, so this role was a perfect match when I returned to the UK. My husband and I have just relocated from London to Woking and have both settled in perfectly.

Kelly BecktaI love working here at the hospices. Jayne Cooper (interim CEO and Director of Nursing) does a spectacular job moving the organisation forward. The team is brilliant, highly skilled and qualified. You never hear anyone say ‘that’s not my job’, because everyone just pitches in and always gives that extra bit. Everyone also get involved with raising funds, and when our executive team takes part in our annual women’s only Midnight Walk in May I will of course also be there.

Working here is just as dynamic as working in a big hospital because of the size of our community team, which I‘m in charge of. I also oversee the day to day running of our in-patient unit, attend all our multi-disciplinary team meetings, support our in-house education team, and am currently working on the operational plan for our new hospice. We do things very well here, but there is always room for improvement and making things better for the patients and the families we care for. We want to make sure that when we move into our new facility, we have everything right from the beginning.

I am really looking forward to the move and to making things better for our patients. I’m especially looking forward to every room having a balcony, so we can bring the outdoors inside. There will also be more space for families, so they can stay with their loved ones. There will be a café where they can go and get a coffee and something to eat, which will also be open to the public. Relatives often develop a strong connection to the hospice, so it’s great that they can come back for a coffee and maybe a chat with the nurse that looked after their loved one. It’s really going to be great and I’m very excited to have joined the hospices at this time.”

 

Interested in joining our team? See our current vacancies here.

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