Prospect Hospice has been part of the Swindon community for over 40 years, caring for local people at the end of their lives. As a charity, we rely on the generous donations of the public to help us raise the vital funds we need to ensure everyone is offered our outstanding care free of charge.
Find out about the range of end-of-life care services that we offer to patients and their families. These delivered free of charge and 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.
We couldn’t do what we do without considerable support from our local community. Find out all the different ways in which you can support Prospect Hospice, including fundraising, volunteering and purchasing from our shops. All contributions are greatly appreciated and enables us to deliver care that is free of charge to our patients and their families.
Whether shopping with us in person or online, or donating your pre-loved goods, we thank you for supporting us through our shops where you help to raise around £2million a year for Prospect Hospice.
We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and we're always looking for outstanding people to join our team at the hospice across all areas of the charity.
Prospect Hospice is the leading provider of education and training for end-of-life care in Swindon and north Wiltshire. Working closely with you, our colleagues within partner organisations, we want to ensure that the very best care is available to everyone facing the end of life. This is why we provide education and development opportunities, all of which aim to encourage learning and build confidence in end of life care and support.
Over four decades, Prospect Hospice has become the organisation that people in Swindon, Marlborough and north Wiltshire turn to when they, or the people they love, are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. We have cared for and supported thousands of local people, which is why so many people contribute in their own way to a charity that makes a positive difference in our community.
Our vision is ‘A community where death is no longer a taboo, and everyone has the right to live and die well’. At Prospect Hospice, our patients and their loved one, our staff and our volunteers are at the centre of all that we do. Working with local health and social care partners, and stakeholders from across the community, we have a vital role in improving end-of-life care for everyone.
We are looking for three or four new trustees who can support our mission to work with and through others using our skills and expertise, so that people have a choice and support at the end of their life.
Our board usually meets four times each year, in addition to which trustees are asked to also join one of our quarterly sub committees. While it would be beneficial for trustees to be willing/able to contribute to Prospect Hospice related activity outside meetings, for example to participate in specific project-focused tasks or attending and representing the charity at external events, this is not essential.
“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?
Our board of trustee team has responsibility for overseeing our strategy and performance and we are looking for people who will bring the enthusiasm, experience and commitment we need to help guide the hospice through the next phase of its development. You will have the ability to be an effective role model and influencer and be committed to the aims, objectives and values of Prospect Hospice, maintaining a genuine interest in our work. You will be a strategic and creative thinker and be able to work effectively as part of a team.
We are particularly interested to hear from candidates with relevant experience and professionally qualified in finance/accountancy and legal. As well as individuals with experience in fundraising/income generation with emphasis on successfully using digital marketing.
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.
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:
Interested in join us and want to know more? Download your trustee application pack below.
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.
Chair of trustees
Nigel has spent most of his career working in human resources (HR), firstly in the Natural Environment Research Council in Swindon and then as HR director in the House of Lords. As well as being a trustee for Prospect Hospice, Nigel has joined the Wiltshire FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group which has continued his lifelong love of football and is also a trustee at Carer Support Wiltshire. Married to Jo with two grown-up children, in his spare time Nigel enjoys walking around the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and is also as a local football referee. "I am delighted to be a trustee at Prospect Hospice. The charity provides such compassionate and dignified care for patients and their families, which my father-in-law benefited from, and it is a real honour to be able to contribute to their fantastic work."
Trustee since 2018 Pradeep sits on our patient services and people and resources committees. Pradeep is senior strategy director and head of industry standards at Syniverse (a Carlyle Group company), providing strategic oversight on the adoption of leading-edge technologies. He is a recognised industry expert with 27 years’ experience in the mobile/telecoms industry. He is actively involved within the local community and has a passion for community service. He is also a keen table tennis division-1 player and county umpire. He shares the same vision as Prospect Hospice of putting people first and intends to help Prospect Hospice with its outreach, volunteering and fundraising activities. Pradeep’s commitment to the local community saw him achieve a Pride of Swindon award in 2018.
Kevin will sit on our finance and income generation committee and our audit and risk committee. Kevin has consultancy experience directing private and public sector organisations in solving their strategic and tactical problems.
Dr Helen Jones is an experienced consultant anaesthetist who has held senior clinical leadership roles over many years at both Great Western Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and also at regional level. The work of Prospect Hospice was well known to Helen through her roles as an associate medical director and as deputy medical director, particularly during the early waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. Helen co-chairs the patient services committee and also sits on the combined finance, income generation, audit and risk committee.
Trustee since 2018 Sarah has an extensive background as an HR professional and, with over 22 years’ experience, she has worked in a number of senior leadership roles, predominantly within the retail and energy sectors. Sarah chairs our people and resources committee sits on our nominations committee. The work of Prospect Hospice was well known to Sarah through friends and colleagues who have experienced the care and support when their loved ones required it. She has also previously taken part in some of our fundraising events. Sarah says that she was keen to get involved in becoming a trustee of Prospect Hospice as it’s a local charity providing such excellent and critical support to the community. She wanted to give her time and experience in continuing its excellent work by being involved at the core. Sarah lives locally and has two young children who are very active with their various out of school activities and keep her very busy.
Julie Marshman is a retired nurse with 35 years’ experience in acute and community sectors of the NHS. As chief nurse for Great Western Hospital, she was accountable for clinical governance and was chair of the trust’s patient quality committee. Julie has over twenty years of significant and progressive senior clinical leadership and is passionate about high quality care, especially at end of life. Julie co-chairs the patient services committee and also sits on the people and resources committee.
Sadie has an extensive background in operational management within the financial services sector. Alongside that Sadie has supported many charities over the years and has a keen desire to use her expertise and skills to give something back to the community. Prospect Hospice is a charity close to her heart having personally experienced the fantastic support and care provided during a very difficult period with the loss of a very special person.
Carys has considerable experience in the banking and financial services sector, having worked both as an employee and a self-employed consultant in the industry for over 35 years. Her experience includes leading in customer facing roles, as well as programme and project management, and she is currently managing business to business contractual relationships for financial technology services across Europe. Carys lives locally, and has two adult sons, which means regular trips to London and Aberdeen, where her sons have settled. She wants to give her time and use her experience to support Prospect Hospice in the valuable care and support that they provide across the local community.
For an informal discussion about these roles, please contact Siobhain Acott, on 01793 816119 or email email@example.com
Closing date: Wednesday 15 November 2023
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