St Clare Hospice launches three year strategy to reach more people

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The charity currently cares for around 1,300 patients a year, but with the number of people dying each year in West Essex projected to rise, the hospice aims to reach significantly more people in the next three years and beyond.

Describing the hospice’s strategy for 2018 onwards, Chief Executive Sarah Thompson said:

“The vision of St Clare is that every adult with a life-limiting condition in our local communities should have access to palliative care services wherever and whenever they need them. This is so that they can make the most of every moment, no matter how long they have left to live.”

“In the coming years we aim to reach significantly more people who are facing death, dying and loss in our communities. We know that 2,900 people die in West Essex every year, and that an estimated 75 per cent of these are predictable deaths. We also know that the number of people who die in hospital in our local area is higher than the national average. We therefore want to reach considerably more of these people in the coming years.”

Outlining how the hospice will deliver care to significantly more people, Thompson said:

“St Clare aims to become the number one choice for referrers and families in delivering care to patients with complex conditions, and to develop a joined-up approach to care for patients who are moving between home, hospital, hospice and community care teams.”       

“We are also keen to take our services and expertise to patients when they cannot get to us in Hastingwood, to ensure that every person gets the care that they need and deserve.”

The hospice also aims to help local communities to play a larger role in supporting each other, reducing loneliness and investing in volunteer-led community projects. Thompson explained: 

“Death and dying has become highly medicalised in our society and hidden from public view. Death is often viewed as a “failure”, rather than a natural part of life. This is contributing to people who are facing serious illness and loss becoming socially isolated which has an impact upon their health and wellbeing. St Clare wants to support local communities to overcome fear of death, dying and hospice care, by raising awareness of end of life care issues and developing programmes to enable people to support each other.”

“Our brand new Compassionate Neighbours project is the first step in tackling the social isolation and loneliness faced by many people in our communities. Compassionate Neighbours is a network of trained volunteers who offer their time and support to people with a life-limiting illness or who are experiencing social isolation in their local area. They offer friendship and a listening ear, and help them to continue to do the things they enjoy.”

For more information visit St Clare Hospice Reports