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Review of Hospice UK’s engagement with hospice trustees

Author: Antonia Bunin and David Burland
02 November 2017

Antonia Bunnin, Hospice UK's director of hospice support and development, and David Burland, independent consultant to the voluntary sector, invite readers to contribute to Hospice UK’s review of engagement with hospice trustees.

The UK’s 2,000 or so hospice trustees hold significant responsibilities and are facing increasingly complex challenges as they strive to ensure their charities’ missions are achieved in a context of rising demand, constrained resources, new partnerships and an array of regulatory requirements.

Hospice UK has a long history of working to support hospice boards and trustees.  We have decided that it is now timely to review our engagement with hospice trustees, so we can ensure that we truly understand trustees’ needs, and that the support and resources we offer are relevant and useful to them.  We also want to hear from trustees about what they would most value from the Forum of Hospice Chairmen, as the national network for hospice chairs and trustees.

David Burland is conducting this review as an independent consultant, working alongside Antonia Bunnin at Hospice UK.  David has worked in the hospice sector for over twenty years in roles with local hospices as well as at Hospice UK, most recently as the chief executive of a children’s hospice. 

As part of the review we have two short online surveys (deadline 17 November):

Anyone else who wishes to contribute thoughts and suggestions for this review is very welcome to contact Antonia or David  by 17 November.

Following analysis of the surveys, David will be conducting some phone interviews in November and December, and running a focus group for hospice trustees in early January, to explore the issues in more depth.  Trustees can use the survey to let us know if you would be willing to be involved in these.

There will also be the chance to speak to Antonia or David at the forthcoming Hospice UK conference Leading, Learning and Innovating  in Liverpool on 22 to 24 November.

The review findings will be used to shape our ongoing Good Governance programme and other support for hospice boards and trustees.  For more information please contact Antonia Bunnin, director of hospice support and development at Hospice UK.

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