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We're outstanding, are you?

Join our board of trustees

We’re recruiting exceptional people to join our board of trustees - we’re currently looking for excellent health professionals, is this you?

For 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, the non-clinical services that out to families and carers and the teams that help raise the money to fund it.

Following a recent inspection by our governing body The Care Quality Commission (CQC) that rated us as outstanding, we are currently undergoing a time of positive change and we’re recruiting dynamic, forward-thinking people to join our board of trustees to help shape our future. As a member, you’ll be responsible for the management and administration of the charity and hold a vital role in steering the work of the hospice in a positive direction.

What does it mean to be 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.” (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.”

The above has been taken from www.hospiceuk.org

Who are we looking for in a trustee?

As a trustee, you’ll be an integral part of the team leading the organisation. As we learn from the way we were able to adapt during the pandemic, we’re looking for health professionals with extensive clinical experience to help shape the future of our care over the coming years, helping to deliver the best service possible to our patients and their families.

You’ll need to be able to commit to attend a number of board meetings and committee meetings a year to contribute your thoughts and expertise. These will take place at our hospice in Wroughton which is easily accessible from the M4 and we’d welcome applicates from the local area as well as further afield.

Location

The majority of the work will take place at the Prospect Hospice, Wroughton, but representation and ambassadorial activity could take place anywhere within the charity’s catchment area. The current pandemic has created a need for most contact to be remote/virtual and it is anticipated that future requirements may involve a combination of virtual and on site contact.

Equality and diversity

Prospect Hospice values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce, board and volunteer group that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

We are committed to ensuring that all employees and job applicants are provided with equality of opportunity in employment and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, offending background, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Safeguarding

Prospect Hospice is committed to promoting the wellbeing of all adults and children who use our services, ensuring that they live a life that is free from harm, abuse and neglect. We work in an open and transparent way and encourage staff, volunteers, patients and families to raise any safeguarding concerns.

Want to know more?

Below you’ll find a range of information that will help you learn more about Prospect Hospice and what’s involved in being a trustee with the charity including:

  • The impact you’ll have on our local community
  • Candidate pack including information on how to apply
  • Profiles of our highly skilled and experienced trustees
  • The Charity Commission document The Essential Trustee
  • Contact details for more information and an informal discussion

Download your application pack here

Trustee application pack

Get in touch

For an informal discussion about these roles, please contact Siobhain Acott, on 01793 816119 or email siobhainacott@prospect-hospice.net

Closing date: Friday 7 January 2021

Meet our board of trustees

Our diverse and highly skilled board of trustees come across the local community and bring a wealth of experience with them. They volunteer their time to help govern and support the hospice to ensure we’re providing the services our patients need.

Read more about our work

There’s always a lot going on at the hospice. Find out more about all this on our news pages.

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