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Supporting Prospect Hospice

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We’re recruiting a Chair of our trustee board

For nearly 40 years, Prospect Hospice has provided end-of-life care to people who have a life-limiting or terminal illness in Swindon and north east Wiltshire. We help people cope with everything that this would affect including their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. We pride ourselves on the clinical services that do this, but also the non-clinical services including reaching out to families and carers.

We are currently undergoing a time of positive change and we’re recruiting a Chair of our trustee board. The board of trustees are responsible for the management and administration of the charity.

“Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth-most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.” (Trustee Week 2018)

‘The board is legally accountable for the activities of the hospice. The role of the board has five main parts:

1. To lead the hospice, establish its mission, vision and values and ensure it has a clear purpose and an overall framework of policies and standards.

2. To develop overall strategies to achieve the hospice’s aims and ensure there is a clear system to delegate implementation of the strategies to the chief executive and the staff team.

3. To monitor the performance of the hospice against standards and ensure that it provides the highest quality of care, balanced with the effective, efficient and economic use of the hospice’s resources and assets.

4.To ensure compliance with the law and accountability to the hospice’s stakeholders.

5. To ensure that the board itself performs effectively and contains people with the skills and experience it needs and makes plans to ensure the recruitment, induction and development of new trustees.’

www.hospiceuk.org

Who are we looking for?
This role is perfect for someone who has proven leadership skills to guide Prospect Hospice and our Board to achieve our strategic aims and priorities. Someone with experience of chairing meetings and managing a board or similar group, would be ideal. Your confidence will enable you to support and constructively challenge the Chief Executive, whilst ensuring the Board works in partnership with executive staff.

Our hospice and the majority of our care is in Swindon, which is only an hour train travel from London Paddington. Swindon is very accessible from the M4, making this role suitable for people travelling from Bristol or Bath too, taking 20 minutes or less by train.

With a board meeting held every quarter at the hospice, we’re looking for local applicants as well as further afield.

If you’re interesting in helping a leading local charity and community hospice care for people at the end of their life, please get in touch.

See more below regarding:

  • Profiles of our highly skilled and experienced trustees
  • The Charity Commission document The Essential Trustee 
  • Key facts about Prospect Hospice
  • Contact details for more information and an informal discussion
  • News about our staff
  • The latest edition of our Prospect News publication and Key Facts 2018 for downloading
  • Our hospice #LoveProspect videos
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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Candidate brief for position of the Chair of the board

What is a Trustee?

"Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth-most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work".

Trustees Week, 2018

Meet our Trustee board

Our diverse and highly skilled board of trustees who come from the local community, bringing a wealth of experience and networks. You can join them where you will broaden your leadership skills, and raise your own profile.

Care

In 2017 - 18 we cared for 2,673 patients and we supported 4,678 of their family members.

Community

We provide care at the hospice in Wroughton, in patients’ homes and care homes, at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and at our Wellbeing Centre at Savernake Hospital in Marlborough

Team

At all levels of the organisation we recruit staff with relevant experience, appropriate skills and our values of compassion, respect, honesty and inclusiveness

Volunteers

Volunteers support our staff in all areas of Prospect Hospice’s work and we offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities

Location

We serve a diverse community across both urban and rural neighbourhoods in Swindon, Marlborough and north-east Wiltshire

Budget

Our care is always free of charge and in 2017 - 18 we spent just under £6M on care, from an overall income of £7.7M

Get in touch

For an informal discussion with a current trustee and more information contact

Siobhain Acott, on 01793 816119 or siobhainacott@prospect-hospice.net

Closing date: Friday 19th April 2019

Key Facts 2018

Prospect News - Autumn 2018

Watch our #prospcethospice videos

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Are hospices gloomy places?

People’s expectations are often different to the reality they find when they come through our doors. We’re keen to encourage visitors, whether they be future patients or families and friends. We work hard to ensure that the hospice is far from gloomy. Our visitors often tell us that, contrary to their expectations, Prospect Hospice doesn’t feel like a gloomy place at all.

Are hospices places people go to die?

Yes, but this isn’t the whole truth. The people we care for are typically in the last year of their life. People who are admitted to our In-Patient Unit are often very unwell, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to die at this time - more than half return home. Sometimes patients will come for a period of respite care or to help them to manage their symptoms.

Aren’t hospices for people with cancer?

For some people, the word ‘hospice’ is synonymous with cancer. While it is true that many of the patients we meet are living with a form of cancer, these are not the only people we care for. Our services are for people with any life-limiting illness, including conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, heart and other organ failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, amongst others. In the recent past, around 70% of the patients had cancer, and the remaining 30% had other conditions. Prospect Hospice is here for people with end-of-life care needs, whatever their diagnosis.

Are your medical staff fully trained?

All our doctor¬s and nurses are fully qualified and in most cases have additional palliative care qualifications. If our doctors don’t yet have specialist palliative care qualifications, they will be studying towards them.

Are you still the Prospect Foundation?

We are Prospect Hospice. We used to be Prospect Foundation, but the name changed many years ago and is still often used affectionately by many people across our community who remember the work we did historically under that name. Similarly, we are not The Prospect, Prospect House or even The Prospect Hospice, all names that are used affectionately by people locally for who we are – Prospect Hospice.

Can anyone come and see what you do?

Yes, we are very happy to show visitors around our facilities, though please understand that you will only be able to access the patient rooms if one is unoccupied at the time of your visit. Please call us on 01793 813355 or email info@prospect-hospice.net to arrange a visit. To view pictures of the hospice and our outreach centre, click here.

Do patients have to come to you or do you come to them?

Both. There are up to 16 beds in our Inpatient Unit at the hospice in Wroughton, and we offer services for outpatients, carers and families at our Day Therapy Unit at the hospice in Wroughton and at our Wellbeing Centre at Savernake Hospital in Marlborough. Our Prospect@Home service provides care throughout the local community, and we also work with care homes and at Great Western Hospital.

Do the patients have to pay for their care?

Our services are free of charge for people from across the community, based on their need. Other factors, such as wealth, faith, gender and sexual orientation, are never a consideration. Currently, it costs more than £7.8 million each year to run our hospice. We receive 28.5% of this funding from the NHS and other statutory organisations and the remaining funds come from our generous supporters. We are always happy to accept donations towards our care if people feel they want to make them.

Does most of the work you do happen at the hospice?

Most of the work we do doesn’t take place at the hospice building in Wroughton. Our Prospect@Home service provides care to patients in their own home, supporting people at the end of their lives in the place they choose to be. Our Prospect Community Nurse Specialists care for patients in the community from the very start of their journey, helping patients to live as independently as they can as they adapt to life after the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition. Our therapy, medical and family support teams also visit patients in their own homes. We also provide care and support for patients and their loved ones at our Wellbeing Centre at Savernake Hospital in Marlborough. In fact, most of the patients we meet will never actually enter the hospice, but be supported at home or by our team at the Great Western Hospital.

Doesn’t the NHS offer the same care?

No, the specialist care we offer is tailored to meet the individual needs of palliative patients.

Is Prospect Hospice part of the NHS?

We are an independent local charity, not part of the NHS. Last year, however, we received 28.5% of our funding from the NHS and other statutory organisations. We believe the funding we receive is well-earned and represents excellent value to taxpayers. It makes an enormous difference to the care we offer patients and their families. We provide a professional service that is vital to the maintenance of high standards of end-of-life care for our community, and which the community voluntarily supports through fundraising. We believe that through working in partnership with the NHS, we help to ease the strain placed on it by an increasing, ageing population.

Is the hospice just for people in Swindon?

This was true in our early days, but hasn’t been the case for many years. We support anyone with a life-limiting condition whose GP is based in Swindon, north-east Wiltshire and the villages of Lechlade and Fairford in Gloucestershire. Our referrals team will be able to discuss individual cases – please call us on 01793 813355.

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