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Wayne de Leeuw, new CEO at Dorothy House Hospice Care

We round up the latest appointments and movements in the hospice and palliative care sector.

New CEO appointed at Dorothy House Hospice Care

Dorothy House Hospice Care in Wiltshire has appointed Wayne de Leeuw as its new Chief Executive as John Davies is moving on to his next challenge after leading the hospice for over four and a half years into a new phase of its exciting journey.

Previously promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in July 2018, Wayne de Leeuw, takes on the CEO role as part of a planned succession. His appointment by the Board of Trustees comes following a successful clinical career both at the hospice for sixteen years and prior to this in a variety of roles in the NHS. This change of leadership at the hospice will have no impact on patient care or on services for families and carers.

Commenting on the new role, Wayne said: “The last four and half years have enabled the hospice to develop and launch a bold, seven year strategy to deliver quality palliative and end of life care to double the patients in our community by 2025. Now in the second year, and clinical implementation phase, of our ‘Everyday, Everyone’ strategy we have successfully forged new partnerships, alliances and contracts to ensure that patients, their families and carers continue to receive excellent care and support.”

“Today’s healthcare landscape is challenging, the NHS is evolving the delivery of care services in the community, charities are facing increased financial pressure and social care needs are becoming more complex. However due to the Hospice’s stable financial foundations and the skilled staff and volunteers who fund and deliver the care people need, we are in an excellent position to meet these challenges head on. Dorothy House has made great strides in gaining support from local healthcare, business and third sector communities, as it is through partnerships that the Hospice’s mission that ‘everyone has access to outstanding palliative and end of life care’ will be delivered.”


Arthur Rank Hospice Charity announces new Chair of Trustees

Kate Kirk is the new Chair of Trustees at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridge. Kate has been a trustee at the charity for nine years, Vice Chair for two, and a volunteer for eleven years. As a niece of Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, she has a lifelong knowledge of the sector. Professionally, Kate is a writer and speaker, and co-author of two books about the Cambridge Phenomenon.

Speaking of her new role as Chair, she said: “Both the Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom and the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech have been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. So I am truly honoured to have been entrusted with the role of Chair, and very mindful of the pressing need for all of our services, whether delivered in our own facilities or in patients’ homes.”

Kate will now work closely with the charity’s Chief Executive Sharon Allen OBE to develop the vision for the Charity going forward, to ensure that it continues to support those living with life-limiting illnesses or needing end-of-life care in Cambridgeshire, and grows to cope with increasing demand.


St Ann’s Hospice appoint new Associate Medical Director

Dr David Waterman has been appointed Associate Medical Director at St Ann’s Hospice in Greater Manchester. He is a Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, and has been working within Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport Community, and St Ann’s Hospice since 2005.  Additionally he has been the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network palliative care clinical lead since 2015.

Dr Waterman will be working closely with the hospice’s Medical Director Dr Philip Lomax, whilst continuing his roles in Stockport and for Greater Manchester.

He said: “I’m pleased to have taken on the role of Associate Medical Director at St Ann’s.  The hospice is an organisation which has a clear vision for the future, and is committed to ensuring that it can support as many patients with life-limiting illnesses from across Greater Manchester as possible.  Its innovative and ambitious approach is exciting, and I’m looking forward to being part of the plans for the future development of high quality, specialist palliative and end of life care at St Ann’s.”


Mountbatten seeks new Chair

Mountbatten on the Isle of Wight has launched the search for a new Chair of its Board of Trustees.

The position of Chair is entirely voluntary and attracts no salary. It is becoming vacant as Mountbatten’s current Chair Sara Weech is reaching the end of her six-year tenure.

Due to the growth in Mountbatten’s services, the high-profile role will require a Chair who can enable innovation and growth through a positive approach, connections and active fundraising.

Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten Chief Executive, said: “Demand for our services is growing rapidly. Our focus continues to be on recruiting and training volunteers, public engagement, service reconfiguration and income generation. In this context, our new Chair will oversee the development of a new strategy, as our current five-year strategy ends in 2020.

“It is an exciting time to join us, as we quickly become a national leader in our field, particularly through funding new and creative solutions to emerging health and social care problems. We need our new Chair to join us in our mission to never ignore anyone who needs us.”

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 September 2019. For more information visit www.peridotpartners.co.uk


Phyllis Tuckwell seeks volunteer drivers and escorts

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is looking for volunteer drivers and escorts to help its patients get to medical appointments, therapy sessions and counselling meetings at its hospice in Farnham and Beacon Centre in Guildford.

Many patients are unable to drive due to their illness, and so are reliant on the help of others to get to these sessions. Phyllis Tuckwell’s Care at Home team is able to provide support and care for patients in their own homes, but some of the support the charity offers is group-based, such as their physiotherapy exercise classes, Brush with Art group and Day Hospice sessions. As well as benefitting from the sessions themselves, patients find support through meeting others in a similar situation and often form lasting friendships.

The hospice is seeking volunteers who can collect patients from their homes and take them to a session at the hospice or Beacon Centre, or to sit with them in the car on the journey. For more information email transport.team@pth.org.uk.


New Chair appointed for SHaWL

 Deborah Heron has been appointed as the new Chair of Hospice UK’s Strategic HR and Workforce Leads Network (SHaWL).

Deborah has worked in HR for 20 years and has 30 years of experience in the charity sector, including 15 years at director level leading HR, Learning & Organisational Development and Volunteer functions for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. In this role she was instrumental, as part of the senior management team, in developing St Oswald’s vision, values and organisational objectives.

Additionally she has chaired the regional Hospices North East HR group for the last two years, as part of a wider piece of work in the region on what can be achieved by working in collaboration.

SHaWL was created with support from Hospice UK to provide a strategic and HR voice within the field of hospice and palliative care.

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