On the move

Categories: Care and People & Places.

We round up this month’s appointments and movements.

St Richard’s Hospice appoints Care Director

St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester has appointed Debbie Westwood as their new Care Director.

Debbie joined the hospice in 2017 as Head of Education following her role as Head of Service Redesign for the Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups.

A nurse for 25 years, Debbie said:

“My passion was for improving patient experience at the end of life and through my commissioning role I had worked with St Richard’s for a number of years so understood the strong values of care, compassion, commitment and professionalism.

“I loved working for St Richard’s as Head of Education and witnessing first-hand what the charity offers to patients. It was an honour to be successful in achieving the Care Director role and I’m eager to build upon the fantastic work of my predecessors.

“It’s an exciting time to be Care Director of such a well-respected organisation. I’m particularly looking forward to leading the clinical teams to make the most of the new extended and redeveloped hospice when the Build 2020 project is finished to help more patients and families.”

ellenor announces new patron

Amanda Cottrell OBE, the former High Sheriff of Kent, has been announced as Patron of ellenor.

Amanda has served as a magistrate for more than 20 years and was awarded an OBE in 2011 in recognition of her services to Kent. She is also patron of both Visit Kent and Produced in Kent, a Kent Ambassador, and a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London.

The newly appointed patron paid a visit to ellenor hospice earlier this month and spent time with patients, volunteers and staff. She said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed Patron of ellenor. I have worked with them for some time and thus have had the chance to see the remarkable work they do.  I look forward to being able to add something to this exceptional cause.”

Claire Cardy, Chief Executive of ellenor said:

“Amanda has been a long term supporter of ellenor and we are delighted and honoured that she has chosen to support our charity as a Patron.  I feel sure that with Amanda’s patronage, ellenor will gain further recognition and widespread support and continue to grow and thrive.”

Havens Hospices CEO steps down

After more than 18 years as the CEO and following a period of discussion with the Trustees about the leadership of the organisation and the management of its directors, Andy Smith has decided to step down from his role and leave Havens Hospices.

The Trustees expressed their thanks and gratitude to Andy for his long period of leadership of the organization, Andy likewise expressed his very best wishes for the future of Havens Hospices.

Havens Hospices is entering a period of change with the new Fair Havens Hospice due to open in 2020, adding to its services at the existing Fair Havens, Little Havens and The J’s Hospice.

The charity has appointed an Acting CEO while the Trustees review and develop the responsibilities of the charity’s management and governance.

HospiceCare appoints new CEO 

HospiceCare in North Northumberland has announced the appointment of Paul Jones-King as Chief Executive. Paul, a highly qualified nurse and manager, will join the charity on April 1, bringing a wealth of experience from the health service and the hospice sector.

Commenting on his new role Paul said:

“I’m excited to be joining the HospiceCare team to work in an innovative way to further develop their already established and vital community service across North Northumberland.”

The appointment follows the departure of David Atkinson, General Manager. David joined the hospice as a trustee and treasurer in which capacity he was hugely successful in expanding the charity’s income stream. More recently as General Manager he has been instrumental in continuing that success by setting up a network of shops which make a substantial contribution to the hospice’s income.