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On the move

Author: Leila Hawkins
27 September 2017
  • Dame Claire Bertshinger DBE
  • Janet Baxendale
  • Peta Wilkinson
  • Niels de Vos
  • Professor Max Watson

Here is September’s instalment of the latest arrivals and movers in the hospice sector.

Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE appointed Patron of St Clare Hospice

St Clare Hospice in Essex has appointed Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, as a new Patron. She was honoured as Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Queen in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to Nursing and to International Humanitarian Aid. She is a committed supporter of the hospice, since it provided care to her mother in 2013.

Speaking of the appointment, she said:

“I am honoured and privileged to have been asked to become a patron of St Clare Hospice. Having experienced first-hand the love, attention to detail and care of the staff at St Clare, I am delighted to have been given the chance to support them as a Patron.”

“Hospice staff are some of the most special people within the nursing and healthcare sector. Their dedication, warmth, humanity and ability to help a person and their family through one of life’s most difficult journeys, is inspirational. Such special gifts and commitment deserve better recognition and I hope I will be able to assist the caring and committed staff at St Clare by raising awareness of their invaluable work.” 

Janet Baxendale is new retail project manager at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

Janet Baxendale is the new retail project manager at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield. Since taking over Grace's Place children's hospice in Radcliffe, Bury, she is also the first member of staff to be hired here. 

Janet will be developing the strategy for the charity’s shops in North Manchester to help drive donations for the children's hospice. She comes to the role from a lifetime career in retail, having previously worked at UK’s famous stationery company Ryman for many years.

Of her new role, Janet said:

“Initially, I will be looking for three ideal sites where we can open Forget Me Not charity shops, focusing on Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. We are up against it, but my goal is to have at least one, if not two, shops open by November. We need people to donate all sorts of goods, and we also need people to come and buy them. We are going to need to recruit paid store managers, and we will need a fantastic team of volunteers – it is worth knowing that about a third of our volunteers are likely to move into paid work with us.” 

Peta Wilkinson is new Chief Executive at Willen Hospice

Peta Wilkinson has been named the new CEO of Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes. Peta has over 20 years’ experience as a CEO and Board member in the healthcare and not for profit sectors, both as a commissioner and as head of various service providers.

She has also been a Trustee of Sue Ryder, and has led a diverse selection of health and social care institutions, including Enham Trust, Uttlesford PCT and The Terrence Higgins Trust.

Speaking of her new position as CEO, Peta said:

“I am delighted to be joining the team at Willen Hospice and have already been made to feel very welcome. I have been tremendously impressed by the passion, dedication and commitment that everyone shows to their work, the organisation and the people we support. I have spent my working life in health, social care and the voluntary sector, and am very honoured to be a part of Willen Hospice’s future given the essential role that compassionate end of life care plays in people’s lives.”

Niels de Vos is new chair of trustees at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

Niels de Vos is the new chair of trustees at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. Niels has been the chief executive at UK Athletics for 10 years, the national governing body for athletics in Britain. Under his leadership, the organisation delivered what many have called the best Olympic and Paralympic performance in 50 years at the London 2012 Summer Games.

Of this new role, Niels said:

“As a proud Brummie who is dedicated to improving the local community, I feel incredibly humbled to have been asked to chair the board of trustees at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. I believe high-quality end of life care is a fundamental need, and the Hospice is already providing this to over 1,200 local families each year.”

“As chair, I look forward to working with the board and staff to help lead the next phase of growth for the Hospice, helping them to reach even more communities across Birmingham and Sandwell.”

Professor Max Watson is new visiting professor at St Margaret’s Hospice

Professor Max Watson is a new visiting professor at St Margaret’s Hospice, based in Somerset. He is well-known as a palliative care clinician and academic, as well as the driving force behind Project ECHO in Northern Ireland.  ECHO uses video-conferencing technology to create communities of practice linking primary care doctors, nurses, and specialist clinicians, providing expert advice, peer to peer learning and support caring for patients at the end of life.

At  St Margaret’s he will be teaching at the hospice’s existing academy and delivering lectures as one of the keynote speakers at the hospice’s 2018 guest lecture series.  In May he joined Hospice UK’s clinical team as Project ECHO Programme Director, and he has authored and edited over 10 books as well as teaching across the world.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor Watson said:

”I have always believed in the use of technology and generalist learning as a means of democratising medical knowledge and improving the delivery of palliative care in rural areas, such as Somerset, expanding its reach to more people who need this form of care. That said, I believe more in the power of a community of practitioners who mutually respect and support each other to deliver consistent high quality care to those who need it most, where they need it most. ECHO is not so much about the tech as the team.” 

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