Find out about the wide range of end-of-life care services that we offer to patients and their families. These are designed to provide compassionate, personalised support during every stage of a life-limiting illness in every kind of care setting, to anyone who needs it, free of charge.
We couldn’t manage without considerable support from our local community. Learn about all the different ways in which you can help Prospect Hospice, for example by taking part in fundraising events, playing our lottery, or remembering us in your will. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
Prospect Hospice is a leading provider of education and training for end-of-life care in Swindon and north-east Wiltshire. We provide education and development opportunities, all of which aim to encourage learning and build confidence in end-of-life care and support.
Volunteers are central to our work, bringing valuable experience and enthusiasm to a wide variety of roles. If you’d like to help Prospect Hospice by giving some of your time, you’ll find all the information you need here, including current opportunities, volunteer profiles and the benefits of volunteering for us.
The staff at Prospect Hospice have one shared aim: to provide the very best end-of-life care to people in our community who really need it. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our current vacancies and find out how we can support you in your career development.
A significant amount of Prospect Hospice’s income is raised through our charity shops. The success of our retail operation depends on the generous support of the local community (donating and buying goods), and the commitment of our managers and volunteers. Find out more here.
Prospect Hospice and the Great Western Hospital have joined forces to educate staff about palliative and end-of-life care with their ExcEL training programme.
The five day course was created to deliver good education to GWH staff about what the care involves, and how they can provide support to patients and their families. Staff learn about subjects such as symptom control, fatigue, breathlessness management and family and bereavement support. It includes a session at the hospice in Wroughton, delivered by a combination of our Education and Patient Services teams.
Karen Brown, Interim End-of-Life Lead at GWH, said “One of the barriers to palliative care is what people think it means. If a staff member has been to see it and been a part of it, they can more clearly articulate their experiences to a patient, and that can only be beneficial.”
Unlike at the hospice, end-of-life care can take ward staff at the hospital into unfamiliar situations. “Sometimes staff find it challenging caring for patients who are dying, and in this course they can talk openly about how they feel about it,” adds Karen. “Recognising that you are not alone, and finding that staff members from other wards are feeling the same way, is really helpful.” Ruth Alderton, Prospect Hospice’s Palliative Team Leader at GWH, agrees. “The nurses don’t always get a chance to reflect on the emotional side of their job, so we encourage staff to ask us if there is anything that they are unsure or concerned about – there is a lot of positive discussion and peer support.”
Another key benefit of ExcEL (Excellence in End-of-Life Care) is the implementation of knowledge by nominated staff, known as end-of-life champions, into their day-to-day practice. Karen recalls an example of a junior sister on the Cardiology Ward who, after attending the course, saw a need for staff to have easy access to vital information, such as what to do to help a patient get home speedily at the end of life, if that’s their preference.
Every ExcEL session is evaluated and each staff member is given feedback on their performance. They are also required to sit an exam 4-6 weeks after the course to test their knowledge, to see how much they’ve remembered – the aim is for staff to have a deeper understanding of what to do in an emotional situation as well as a practical one.
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