Your Hospice – Your Future – Supporting people to live and die with dignity

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“Your Hospice – Your Future” – supporting people to live and die with dignity

 Hospice Isle of Man is celebrating 30 years of palliative care on the Island. As part of Hospice’s  commitment to the Island the Board of Governors and the Chief Executive Margaret Simpson have launched a new strategy for 2012 through to 2017. This strategy takes into account an ever-changing world both medically and financially.  There has never been a more appropriate time or need to manage all their resources wisely so as a charity Hospice continues to grow and evolve.

 From its beginning in 1983, Hospice Care has grown into a large organisation providing for  patients all aspects of palliative care. Hospice’s services include in patient’s beds, day care, a specialist nursing team, Hospice at Home, complementary therapy, lymphoedema service, social worker, bereavement service, counselling and a children’s hospice, Rebecca House.

 Approximately 200 people on the Isle of Man will die of cancer each year.  The majority, 95% or so are referred to Hospice at some stage of their illness, often following diagnosis.   Currently Hospice needs to raise £3.5m each year in a small island community and fundraising events, PR work and advertising ensures Hospice’s constant presence.

 Hospices are known for their significant social innovation in approaches to death and dying and  embody a holistic philosophy that combines high quality medical and nursing interventions with social activities, spiritual and psychological care. Hospice Isle of Man’s contribution to the Island’s healthcare and dying with dignity is profound.

 Community involvement is also a priority for Hospice and it is achieved in many ways:

Hospice’s Palliative Care Specialist Nurses (PCSN) offer advice and support to patients in the island’s hospital, in the community and in care homes.  They provide teaching programmes and have introduced the Liverpool Care Pathway (“LCP”) in all healthcare settings and compiled and distributed Palliative Care Resource files across the island. 

 Hospice’s 600 volunteers give invaluable support to the Hospice and additionally work with other charities bringing further benefits to Island residents. Indeed its presence in the community is also recognised by the involvement of many corporate organisations, the Isle of Man Government and working closely with the Island’s media.

 They have a strong presence and it’s identity is prominent, evidenced by an increasing number of people being aware of the Hospice’s work and by their wish and willingness to be associated with it.

 It is however vitally important that our well established Hospice does not stand still.  Hospice needs to look into the future and plan its development for at least five years ahead. Central to all Hospice care is the patient and their families.

 The key objectives are:  Continually improve existing service provision; Develop services for people dying with conditions other than cancer;  Extend and enhance community services in partnership with statutory, voluntary and charitable sector; Engage with Island’s community raising awareness of hospice care; Provide education for all those involved with people facing end of life; Work closely with the Isle of Man Government, other charities, trusts and corporate providers to secure growth in financial resources; Consider new commercial business opportunities to provide sustainable income; Build on existing volunteer workforce; Ensure adequate funding is in place to achieve the  objectives set; Deliver sustainable income



Pictured is Margaret Simpson, Chief Executive of Hospice with the Board of Governors of Hospice. Front row: Terry Groves, Margaret Simpson, Sir Miles Walker CBE (Chairman) and Alex Thompson. Back row: Heath Craig, Charles Crossley, Mike Bathgate, John Quinn and Alan Townsend. Other Governors unavailable for the photograph are: Mary Linehan, Philip Dearden, Dr Bob Fayle, Dr Frank Harding and Chris Hall.

 For a full copy of the strategy contact Mary Dunne, PA to the Chief Executive on 647400 or email or see attached document

Strategy Document 2012 to 2017(V5)



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