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.
Prospect Hospice is a highly respected local charity with deep roots in the community which it has served for 38 years. Prospect Hospice provides a wide range of care and support to people with life limiting illnesses and their families. In the last year 2,673 patients were cared for across all of our services and our team now comprises more than 200 staff (FTE) and over 850 volunteers.
The services are leading edge; enabling people to access the support and care they need to live well for as long as possible and die with dignity in the place of their choice. Like most Hospices we rely on the income generated from our extensive fundraising activities and network of charity shops for the majority of our funding, generating over £5.3M last year, (added to £2.1M we receive from the local CCG) and this will need to continue to grow as we seek to extend our service to support even more people.
Prospect Hospice published a new, five-year strategic plan in 2017, focused on a vision of: Excellent, personalised and compassionate care for everyone affected by a life-limiting illness We’ve agreed three key strategic themes that will inform and drive our work over the next 5 years:
• We will provide excellent services and support within the hospice and our community to meet the needs of all patients, their families and carers
• As the lead organisation in palliative and end-of-life care, we will extend our influence across the community to improve understanding and support for everyone affected by a life-limiting illness
• We will strengthen our organisation, to ensure patients and those around them can continue to rely on us being there for them.
Prospect Hospice is the only provider of specialist palliative care services in Swindon, Marlborough and north east Wiltshire. We offer Inpatient and Day Therapy services and Community support and advice, as well as Prospect@Home, our hospice at home service in the area.
Director of Services We are now looking for a Director of Services who will lead our services for patients and the people closest to them. Now is an exciting time to join the leadership team at Prospect Hospice in this vitally important role and to make a major contribution towards the implementation of our far-reaching strategy by driving a programme of change, offering strong leadership for an experienced team and developing our services to meet the anticipated growth in demand in future years.
Director of Governance & Quality We are now looking for a Director of Governance and Quality who will lead all areas of quality assurance, compliance and best practice at Prospect Hospice. The successful candidate’s remit will include service user safety, safeguarding, infection control, general data protection, quality governance, complaint and risk management, freedom to speak up (practice), organisational learning from incidents/complaints, legal claims, regulatory compliance and data protection. Now is an exciting time to join the leadership team at Prospect Hospice in this vitally important role and to make a leading contribution towards our quality management and governance as we face the increasing challenges of new regulatory practices affecting all areas of our work.
To arrange for an informal discussion with Tim Willis, Chair of Trustees, or Irene Watkins, Interim Chief Operating Officer, call Siobhain Acott on 01793 813355.
Director of Finance and Business Development
Finance and Business Development Director Elaine Baxter (FCCA) joined Prospect Hospice in November 2015. A qualified accountant for 20 years, Elaine has had a lengthy career in senior financial management roles in the commercial sector, most recently with Mothercare PLC and previously with WH Smith. Although working for a charity is a new experience for Elaine, supporting our budget planning for 2016-17 and preparing the statutory accounts have given her a strong understanding of our financial focus. “It is a very new kind of challenge for me but one that is very worthwhile. I think it is especially true of a charity that you take responsibility for every pound, because it has been entrusted to you by the local community,” she says. Away from work, Elaine is married to husband Mark and lives in Wanborough having moved back south from Northamptonshire a few years ago. Adventurous in nature, Elaine has enjoyed travelling the world in her youth. Elaine also enjoys walking, dancing, and trips to the theatre.
Director of Resources
Maria joined Prospect Hospice in August 2015 as the Director of Resources with responsibility for Human Resources, I.T., Facilities, Health and Safety, Catering, and Central Reception services. Maria’s career has encompassed 14 years in the social housing sector, focused on the full remit of corporate/support services and almost 10 years in the NHS covering major capital project management and national health education campaigns. During Maria’s time in social housing, she was instrumental in securing multiple accreditations for Investing in People award. “My team is central to ensuring that people’s experience of Prospect Hospice is a positive one,” says Maria. “From ensuring that we have a committed and enthusiastic team and that our systems are robust and reliable, to seeing that our facilities are inviting and well-maintained, and that the food we serve is tasty and nutritious, my team play a huge part in making sure that when patients, carers and families are supported by Prospect Hospice, they feel welcome and that their experience is a priority for us.”
Director of Income Generation and Deputy Chief Executive
Richard Hammond is Prospect Hospice's Director of Income Generation, joining the senior team in November 2010 from the National Osteoporosis Society, where he led the charity's fundraising function. Richard has a lengthy career record in fundraising and management, and now has overall responsibilities for the fundraising and retail functions at the hospice. “I think fundraising always has to be underpinned by integrity and a belief in the work of the charity, and at Prospect Hospice you are reminded daily of why you lead a team united in its intent to raise funds to provide our care,” he says. “It never ceases to amaze me how generous people are towards Prospect Hospice, and we can never thank them enough for their support.”
Head of Voluntary Services
Su joined Prospect Hospice in August 2017 from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, where she was Head of Volunteering. Su has over 12 years of experience in volunteer management, having previously worked at the MND Association and the Prison Advice & Care Trust. Prior to this, Su worked in the supported housing sector for 15 years, working primarily with young people, rough sleepers and those with mental health support needs. “I always had Prospect Hospice in mind as a place I would like to work,” she says. “I was delighted to accept the post of Head of Voluntary Services. As I see it, there are two strands to my role: the first is identifying and responding to trends in volunteering to ensure we can attract sufficient volunteers to help us to carry out our vision; the second is to ensure that the volunteering experience is consistently positive. I’ve been a volunteer for charities myself; I think it’s easier to understand the importance of getting the volunteering experience right if you’ve given your time in a voluntary capacity.” Away from work, Su attends live music events, and lives with lots of books and a cat called Brendon.
Head of Community Engagement
Warren Finney joined Prospect Hospice from the National Housing Federation in September 2014 as the Head of Community Engagement. Warren’s career for the last 15 years has been in the social housing sector, focused on national policy and influencing local and national government. His current role includes overall responsibility for community and stakeholder engagement, communications, education and training. “It is of the utmost importance that not only are we are fully engaged and listening to our local community to ensure we provide the services they want, but that we are also influencing and improving the future direction of end-of-life care at the local, regional and national level to create the right type of care that local people want and need both now and in the future.”
Laura Kent , Clinical Lead, speaks of the special care given at Prospect Hospice and starting out in the in-patient Unit 10 years ago.
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