Dr Grahame Tosh
We round up the latest appointments in the hospice and palliative care sectors.
New Fair Havens site appoints Medical Director
Dr Grahame Tosh is joining the new Fair Havens site in Southend as Medical Director. The flagship site, part of Havens Hospices, is set to open in March.
Grahame previously worked for the charity between 1992 and 1997 as Medical Director. Since then he’s spent significant time in NHS services, including as an acute trust Medical Director at Southend Hospital. He’s also worked abroad as the Medical Lead for a community hospice in Otago, New Zealand, which included lecturing at the local university.
He is currently a Trustee of Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust. As well as continuing as a part time Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Grahame’s latest role was as Executive Medical Director at Marie Curie.
Commenting on his new role he said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Havens Hospices. We all really want to support people in their life stories, helping them to make the most of what is important to them. There are undoubtedly significant challenges ahead, however, the rebuilt Fair Havens offers huge opportunities to care in new and exciting ways.”
Martin House CEO joins Hospice UK’s Board of Trustees
Hospice UK’s work includes working with the government to influence policy, providing grants to fund innovative new hospice projects, helping to improve end of life care in hospitals, and widening access to hospice care. It also provides training and support to its member organisations.
Martin will serve on the board for a four-year term, and can serve up to two consecutive terms. He said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to join the board of Hospice UK as a trustee. This is good news for Martin House as it allows us to influence on a national level, with the opportunity to be a part of the organisation who lobbies government on our behalf.”
St Barnabas Hospice seeks ambassadors
The fundraising team at St Barnabas Hospice has launched a recruitment drive for volunteer ambassadors to support them across Lincolnshire.
There is no set limit on the number of volunteer ambassadors that will be recruited; the hospice is simply looking for supporters with a real passion for hospice care who feel comfortable talking to members of the public and having their photo taken.
As part of the role ambassadors will be required to attend cheque presentations in their local community, give occasional short talks on the work of the hospice and attend events local to them.
Becca Hooton, Community Fundraiser in the north of Lincolnshire, said: “Paisley [Paddison, Community Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice] and I have been working for the hospice for almost a year now and it’s clear to both of us just how forward-thinking the charity is.
“Fundraising is changing with the times and I’m proud to be part of an organisation that anticipates and puts plans into place for positive change. I believe this group of Volunteer Ambassadors will both recognise those people who want to go the extra mile to support the hospice in a slightly different way, as well as bringing the hospice closer to the local community.”
Jon Snow becomes patron of The Hospice Biographers
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has become a patron of The Hospice Biographers, the charity that trains volunteers to record on audio the life stories of hospice patients.
In a special recorded message, Jon said: “We’ve been able to record the human voice for more than a century but only now has The Hospice Biographers charity set up this wonderful service to record the voices of terminally ill loved ones.
“The human voice can be so nostalgic. I wish my own children and I could hear the voices of my mother and father who died years ago. I’m delighted to have become a patron of this brilliant charity.”
Find out more about what they do in this article