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St Clare Hospice look to future

Charity / Thu 22nd Feb 2018 pm28 12:35pm

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ST Clare Hospice has announced the launch of a new organisational strategy which will shape the care and services they deliver in the future.

The Hastingwood-based charity provides specialist palliative care to improve the lives of people living with life-limiting illnesses in West Essex and the borders of East Hertfordshire – a population of over 300,000 people.

The charity currently cares for around 1,300 patients a year but, with the number of people dying each year in West Essex projected to rise, the Hospice aims to reach significantly more people in the next three years and beyond.

Describing the Hospice’s strategic approach for 2018 onwards, St Clare Chief Executive Sarah Thompson said: “The vision of St Clare is that every adult with a life-limiting condition in our local communities should have access to palliative care services wherever and whenever they need them. This is so that they can make the most of every moment, no matter how long they have left to live. In the coming years we aim to reach significantly more people who are facing death, dying and loss in our communities. We know that 2,900 people die in West Essex every year, and that an estimated 75% of these are predictable deaths. We also know that the number of people who die in hospital in our local area is higher than the national average. We therefore want to reach considerably more of these people in the coming years.”

Outlining how the Hospice will deliver care to significantly more people, Sarah Thompson said: “St Clare aims to become the number one choice for referrers and families in delivering care to patients with complex conditions, and to develop a joined-up approach to care for patients who are moving between home, hospital, hospice and community care teams.”

Sarah continued: “We are also keen to take our services and expertise to patients when they can’t get to us in Hastingwood, to ensure that every person gets the care that they need and deserve.”

St Clare Hospice also aims to support local communities to play a larger role in supporting each other, reducing loneliness and investing in volunteer-led community projects. Sarah said:

“Death and dying has become highly medicalised in our society and hidden from public view. Death is often viewed as a ‘failure’, rather than a natural part of life. This is contributing to people who are facing serious illness and loss becoming socially isolated which has an impact upon their health and wellbeing. St Clare wants to support local communities to overcome fear of death, dying and hospice care, by raising awareness of end of life care issues and developing programmes to enable people to support each other.”

Sarah continued “Our brand new Compassionate Neighbours project is the first step in tackling the social isolation and loneliness faced by many people in our communities. Compassionate Neighbours is a network of trained volunteers who offer their time and support to people with a life-limiting illness or who are experiencing social isolation in their local area. They offer friendship and a listening ear, and help them to continue to do the things they enjoy.”

To read St Clare Hospice’s full 2018 Strategy, visit their website: https://stclarehospice.org.uk/us/our-reports/

To find out more about the St Clare Compassionate Neighbours project, including how to become a volunteer and how to refer a person who could benefit from the project, visit their website: https://stclarehospice.org.uk/care/compassionate-neighbours/

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