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.
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.
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.’
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.
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"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".
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.
Joined 2010 Tim is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and also sits on the Patient Services Committee. In his professional career he is Associate Director of International Relations at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Tim has been a direct beneficiary of the work of the hospice; his partner Hugh was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and died in the hospice in April 2007. Since becoming a trustee, Tim has been active in raising the profile of the work of the hospice more widely through the National Council for Palliative Care, and through interaction with staff.
Joined 2011 David sits on our Finance and Income Generation Committee. He moved to Swindon in 1983 to work for Intel. His various jobs with the software giant have given him a wealth of business experiences, as well as the chance to run large international projects. A number of David’s close relatives have benefited from the care offered by the hospice movement and, since becoming a trustee, he has been very impressed by the professional yet caring environment that the Prospect Hospice provides. David lives in Swindon’s Old Town with his wife and three daughters.
Joined 2009 Angela sits on our Patient Services Committee, and is a Non-Executive Director of Great Western’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a trustee of the Holborn Estate Charity (HEC). Angela’s professional background is in finance and corporate governance. Angela has experience of charity administration both at the HEC and the GWH, where she chairs the Charitable Funds Committee. As a Non-Executive Director she actively tries to improve the patient experience, particularly with respect to dignity in care.
Joined March 2013 Caroline has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years with an extensive background in business conduct and risk management. Caroline sits on the Finance and Income Generation Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. She has been passionate about volunteering throughout her career and has volunteered for a number of charities over the last 30 years. Caroline has lived in or around Swindon all of her life and currently lives in Old Town with her husband and two young daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and entertaining friends.
Joined 2011 Clive chairs the Finance and Income Generation Committee and sits on the Audit and Risk Committee. Clive trained as a chartered accountant and is the Commercial and Finance Director for Sirona Care and Health, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, providing publicly-funded health and social care services in Banes and South Glocestershire. Prior to this, Clive worked in a variety of senior roles including roles for a FTSE 100 company and KPMG. Clive is Swindon born and bred and has two grown up children. In his spare time Clive enjoys sport, photography and motorsport.
Joined March 2013 Douglas sits on our Finance and Income Generation Committee. He lives in Chippenham and works in Bristol as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Military Aviation Authority, with a background in project and programme management, and risk management, with qualifications in HR, training and development. He first encountered the work of a hospice when his wife was cared for at home in the last few weeks of her life. Douglas’ pub quiz team is a prolific fundraiser for Prospect Hospice. Outside of work, he has two adult sons and, when not in his garden, Douglas can be found on his bike or learning to play the piano - although only rarely in combination!
Joined January 2013 Lindsay has been qualified as a doctor since 1990 and has been a consultant in Swindon since 2000. More recently, Lindsay has been Trust Lead Cancer Clinician at the Great Western Hospital since 2010. Lindsay sits on the Patient Services Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. Her interests outside of work include the theatre, cinema and pilates.
Joined August 2012 Penny chairs the Patient Services Committee and has had a long-standing interest in palliative care following working at the Royal Marsden Hospital after qualifying as a junior doctor in the 1980s. Penny has worked for the NHS for 35 years, and she had management experience as Lead Clinician in the pathology service at Great Western Hospital. Penny is currently Consultant Cellular Pathologist at North Bristol NHS Trust. She is a member of the South West Regional Quality Assurance Team, visiting laboratories throughout the South West.
Joined September 2015 Eleanor is an Account Director at local public relations consultancy, Vox, where she represents and advises businesses of all sizes and industries, with a specialism in heathcare, education and the public sector. She sits on the Finance and Income Generation Committee. Eleanor lives in Old Town and in her spare time enjoys running, spending time with her family and good food.
Joined July 2018 John Gilbert was, until he retired in June 2018, the chief executive of Swindon Borough Council, having enjoyed a professional career of nearly 40 years in local government service. In his role as chief executive, John oversaw the council’s entire service delivery and led a workforce of 3,000 people. John developed a reputation in children’s and adult services, latterly becoming the chief executive and pioneering the development to make Swindon one of the most economically efficient boroughs in the country.
Joined Autumn 2013 Mandy sits on the Patient Services Committee and is a Solicitor at Royds Withy King LLP. She has over 12 years experience in law and specialises in private client practice, dealing with wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, taxation and estate planning generally. She has an interest in the local community and has just starting out as a respite foster carer for Swindon. Her non-professional interests include gardening, her chickens and art.
Joined July 2018 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.
Joined July 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 sits on our Patient Services Committee and the People and Resources 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!
Joined December 2018: Sheila is the chief finance officer of Leading Resolutions, an independent IT Consultancy providing professional services to FTSE 250 organisations and major charities. She is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 25 years’ experience gained across a variety of organisations, in both executive and non-executive posts. Having started, built and run her own businesses several times over the past two decades, Sheila has a solid understanding of all elements of success and puts people firmly at the heart of every decision. Outside of work, Sheila lives with her husband and has their two adult sons, a horse, a Shetland pony and an adored Westie dog to keep her occupied.
In 2017 - 18 we cared for
2,673 patients and we supported 4,678 of
their family members.
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
At all levels of the organisation
we recruit staff with relevant
experience, appropriate skills
and our values of compassion,
respect, honesty and inclusiveness
Volunteers support our staff in
all areas of Prospect Hospice’s
work and we offer a wide range of
We serve a diverse community
across both urban and rural
neighbourhoods in Swindon,
Marlborough and north-east
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
For an informal discussion with a current trustee and more information contact
Siobhain Acott, on 01793 816119 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Friday 19th April 2019
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 email@example.com 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.
Prospect Hospice is a working name of Prospect Hospice Limited. Registered Office: Moormead Road, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9BY. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (1494909) and a charity registered in England and Wales (280093)Website designed & built by Boson Web