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Supporting Prospect Hospice

Join our board of trustees

We’re recruiting members of our board of trustees

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, 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 and two further members of the board to help shape our future. The board of trustees is 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.

“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.”

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Who are we looking for in a chair?

This roles is perfect for someone who has proven leadership skills to help 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 interested in helping a leading local charity and community hospice care for people at the end of their life, please get in touch.

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 those with expertise in the medical, nursing and governance areas 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 also 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:

  • Link to download 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
  • News about our work
  • Frequently asked questions

Download your application pack, containing more information about the roles, here

Trustee application pack - February 2021

Chair of trustees application pack - February 2021

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 board of trustees

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 2020 we cared for and supported 2,555 patients.

Community

We provide care at the hospice in Wroughton, in patients’ homes and care homes 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 2018 - 19 we raised £3.2 million through our fundraising activities, £760,000 new profit from our shops and we recruited 281 volunteers.

Get in touch

For an informal discussion with a current trustee and more information about these roles, please contact Siobhain Acott, on 01793 816119 or siobhainacott@prospect-hospice.net

Closing date: Friday 26 March 2021

What's it like at the hospice? Watch our walk through video.

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Frequently asked questions

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 inpatient 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 doctors 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 the interior of the hospice, visit our Virtual Tour in the 'Your Prospect' section of the website.

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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