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On the move

Author: Leila Hawkins
02 May 2018
  • Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley with Major General White
  • Carolanne Brannan

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

New director of patient care joins St Clare Hospice

St Clare Hospice in Essex has welcomed Carolanne Brannan as the  new Director of Patient Care, taking up the role as the leader of the clinical teams and Registered Manager.

Brannan, who has been a registered nurse for 17 years and has worked in the hospice sector for more than six years, joins St Clare from the clinical team at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney where she was the Community Manager and Clinical Lead. Prior to St Joseph’s, Carolanne was Clinical Facilitator with Co-ordinate My Care (CMC).

Brannan will be developing the organisation’s Patient Care Strategy over the next few months and says that ensuring equity and fairness, so that every patient who requires palliative care receives it, is at the forefront of her vision.

Commenting on this task, she said:

“The challenges we face are about ensuring that everyone who needs our help, is able to access it, and that includes receiving care in their own home, in the hospice, or in a hospital or care home. We know St Clare provides excellent care in the hospice, but the future needs to see our focus change to what is happening in the communities around us. We are committed to playing a much bigger role in the wider community, and ensuring we are there for hard to reach groups and people who have not traditionally accessed hospice care.”

Mountbatten appoints new patron

Mountbatten have announced that Major General Martin White CB CBE JP, Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, is to become their new Patron.

Major General White has fulfilled the Lord-Lieutenant role since 2006. It is an honorary office, appointed by HM The Queen, and he is the permanent representative of the Crown on the Isle of Wight.

Speaking of the role, he said:

 “I am delighted to become Patron of Mountbatten and to join a team which is recognised as being outstanding in what they do.

“We are so fortunate to have Mountbatten on the Isle of Wight, the only end of life care charity on the Island which provides free 24-hour care and support to patients and their families. Many people still do not realise the breadth of what Mountbatten does, or what its supporters’ hard-earned fundraising supports them to achieve. As Patron, I hope to be able to tell that story to as many people as possible, so that we can ensure continued and growing support for this very special organisation that touches the lives of so many people on the Isle of Wight.”

Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten’s Chief Executive, said:

“We are incredibly fortunate that Major General Martin White has agreed to support us, and to help explain how our work impacts the lives of Islanders. It is vital that the Island knows what their generous and tireless fundraising supports.

 “With Martin’s support, I am sure many more people will start to realise how vital their fundraising is to how we can care for people facing death, dying and bereavement in the future.”

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