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12 May 2018 Care

This Nurse supports colleagues and professionals to learn new skills

Jayne Bargh is Kirkwood Hospice’s Education Manager, training and developing staff to provide high quality care to patients and their families at the End of Life. This Nurses' Day, we want to celebrate some of our amazing colleagues.

#ThisNurse… supports colleagues and professionals to learn new skills.

Beginning her nursing career in 1990 aged just 18, Jayne has years of experience on her shoulders in providing quality care in an End of Life environment.

Jayne has worked in a number of palliative care nursing roles in the Kirklees and Calderdale areas, and is now using her experience to equip staff with vital knowledge and skills to support those at the End of Life.

Jayne said: “I started nursing in 1990 and after some general experience; I went into Palliative Care in 1996."

From 2005, Jayne worked as a lymphedema nurse for a couple of years but felt an immediate draw to working back in palliative care.

She said: “I just couldn’t keep palliative care out of my life. I wanted to be involved with the whole holistic journey.”

After years of nursing in both In-Patient and Community Nurse Specialist roles, Jayne developed a big interest in education, teaching and learning.

Whetting her appetite with a Master’s degree in Health Profession Education four years ago, Jayne is now newly appointed in her role as Kirkwood’s Education Manager to deliver advanced training and skills to existing staff.

Jayne Bargh, Education Manager, in the gardens at Kirkwood


Jayne said: “I could see the impact education had on care for patients at home and on the In-Patient Unit. When the Clinical Educator and Education Manger posts came up, I thought, ‘this is my opportunity to do education full time’.

“Having been a hands-on nurse for 28 years, it’s been a big change but it’s given me a lot of opportunity to do more training and build upon the great work that’s already been done. I’m new to the role and I’m learning, but I’ve got ideas.”

Through her work both in the Hospice and at the University of Huddersfield on the newly developed Postgraduate Certificate in End of Life Care, Jayne is passionate about End of Life education.

She said: “End of Life Care Education and Training is absolutely vital. There are very few things that we all have in common but being born and dying are two of them. It matters how you are born, and how you die.

“People need to be afforded the opportunity to have the death that they would want for themselves. At the Hospice, we provide specialist palliative care. It’s really important that we support our staff to feel confident and competent.”

Looking back at her career over the past 28 years, Jayne feels extremely privileged.

She said: “I am proud that I’ve been able to support and care for patients at such an important time of their lives.

“Now in my new role, I am proud to take that knowledge and experience to other people, and influence in a positive way the care that we can deliver as a whole.”

If you’d like to find out more about Kirkwood’s Education and Training courses, and what we offer, please click here.

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