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Rennie Grove’s new Director of Nursing Sam Howard


We round up the latest appointments and movements in the sector.

Rennie Grove’s Director of Nursing retires

Sue Varvel has retired from her post of Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at Rennie Grove Hospice Care in Hertfordshire after 31 years as a palliative care nurse.

Following her retirement, Sue sent the following message:

“I had an amazing career with Iain Rennie and Rennie Grove and met and worked with so many lovely people. I will miss you but know the organisation will go from strength to strength and continue to provide care to patients and families in need.

“I am very proud that I have been able to leave a legacy – the Sue Varvel bursary – which has been set up to help pay for nurse training and that, at the time of writing, contains around £2,300.

“Thank you all for your friendship and support over so many years. I wish you all great success into the future.”

Sam Howard has been appointed to replace Sue. She was previously Head of Rennie Grove’s Children and Family Services and has 34 years’ nursing experience.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity appoints new President

Lady Chadwyck-Healey has become the new President of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridge. As an official representative and figurehead of the hospice, she will help raise its profile and develop its network and influence within the wider Cambridgeshire community by taking on ceremonial duties supporting the hospice, attending events, hosting receptions and presenting awards.

Lady Chadwyck-Healey has a long history of involvement in fundraising campaigns and charity events, among them EACH, Cancer Research UK, Young Carers in Cambridgeshire, the Cambridge & District Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and volunteering for Home-Start. She has worked for the Inside Out Trust, setting up training programmes in women’s prisons, and was co-founder of the charity Parents in Prison, which nurtured links between parents in prison and their children.

Sharing her thoughts on the hospice, she said:

“A friend died here at the beginning of the year. Everyone who visited her was impressed by the care she received and the way in which everything that she wanted was done to make her more comfortable, including a glass of whisky. Visitors could park easily, visit at any time of day or night and stay as long as they wished. Every patient is cared for in a totally individual way by experienced staff and everything is tailored to suit their needs. The hospice is a place which takes away the fear of pain and death, a place of safety and reassurance.”

“I felt very honoured to be asked to be President. We are very fortunate to have such an exceptional hospice in this region and I look forward to working with the new CEO, Sharon Allen.”

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