They were also attended by LOROS Patron Alan ‘The Birch’ Birchenall, a year to the day after the Leicester City legend helped mark the official start of the building work, with a turf cutting ceremony.
Baroness Finlay cut the ribbon to mark the official opening, surrounded by LOROS staff, volunteers, trustees, ambassadors, as well as LOROS President Jennifer, Lady Gretton.
LOROS Chief Executive John Knight said: “We felt extremely privileged to have welcomed Baroness Finlay, the Vice President of Hospice UK, to open our Professional Development Centre today.
“Of course, it will also be our pleasure to welcome back The Birch, who not only saw the first ever brick being laid at the Hospice 37 years ago but also helped launch the start of this exciting build a year ago.
“It has been an extremely exciting year for the hospice, as staff, volunteers, patients and their families have witnessed the creation of the centre, as it has developed from a plot of land to a five seminar room modern building.”
The new centre will include a lecture hall, which can seat up to 80 people, a library, IT training rooms and a canteen. It will also feature a clinical skills viewing room which will be set up like a patient’s bedroom, giving students the opportunity to train using real-life situations.
Having a specialist education building, will also ensure LOROS can continue delivering and developing high-quality research in palliative care.
As well as the hospice hosting their own courses and events, the rooms, which vary in sizes, will also be available to hire by external organisations for team away days and training.
“The centre is set to be a hub for education, training and research within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland,” said Director of Education and Workforce, Ruth Auton.
“With high quality, easily accessible facilities, it will be the perfect location for external businesses and organisations to use when they want to get out of their every-day offices but still want to remain in a professional setting.”
The second phase of the development, which has now begun, will see the extension of the Hospice’s Day Therapy centre, allowing us to support more than 250 patients every year.
The centre will be open for public viewing tomorrow when LOROS will be opening its doors to the public for their annual open day, ‘The Big Day Out at LOROS’.
For more information on the Professional Development Centre, or if you are interested in booking a room, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0116) 231 8455.