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Hospice UK appoints new Chief Clinical Officer

Author: Leila Hawkins
10 April 2017

Hospice UK has announced the appointment of Carole Walford as its new Chief Clinical Officer.

Carole will lead the clinical work-streams of Hospice UK’s new five-year strategy and also provide clinical leadership, support and direction for the general hospice sector.

Carole was previously a trustee at Hospice UK after being elected in 2014 and earlier this month stepped down.

She will join the national hospice care charity from Weldmar Hospicecare, where she has been Director of Education since 2010.  

A trained nurse and teacher, Carole has more than 25 years’ experience working in palliative and end of life care and has lectured at The Royal Marsden and King’s College, London.

Her past roles include working with the then five London Cancer Networks to implement a multi-strand programme supporting the development of the cancer and end of life care workforce, working with Macmillan Cancer Support, and meeting the educational and learning needs of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Allied Healthcare Professionals across the UK.

Carole will join Hospice UK in May. Commenting on her new appointment, she said:

“I am delighted to be joining Hospice UK and to have the opportunity to lead its well respected clinical team at this exciting time of growth and transformation for the charity.

“I look forward to leading the clinical strand of Hospice UK’s new five year strategy, where collaboration will be key to achieving our vision to open up hospice care to everyone who needs it."

“The hospice sector alone cannot meet all the additional and growing future demands for hospice care. I believe that through strong and sustainable  partnerships with other care providers we can ensure that many more people with life-limiting conditions receive the high quality support they need and deserve.”

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, added:

“We are delighted that Carole will be joining our senior management team.

“She has a wealth of expertise in palliative and end of life care and her skills and experience will be instrumental in enabling us to achieve our vision to extend the reach of hospice care and transform end of life care across all settings“.

Last month Hospice UK announced that Claire Henry MBE, the current Chief Executive of NCPC, will join Hospice UK’s clinical team as Director of Improvement and Transformation in June.  

Claire will lead a Transformation Improvement Plan, identifying gaps and opportunities to support the delivery of person-centred care for people with life-limiting conditions across the whole care system.  

To find out more about Hospice UK’s new strategy visit Our Strategy: 2017 – 2022.

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