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Hospice Care Week 2017

We are hospice care: 9-15 October 2017

‘We are hospice care’ is an opportunity to show the many faces of hospice care and to share their inspiring stories. From nurses to volunteers, chefs to chaplains, corporate partners to carers, Hospice Care Week is about celebrating everyone involved in providing and supporting hospice care.

With around 200 members of staff and 500 volunteers, we can’t hope to reflect everyone’s roles or the unique contribution they make to hospice care.  Here are just a few of the people who make a difference every day.

Meet Team Earl Mountbatten
Jackie Whiller is our sister on the Inpatient Unit at the hospice, where she oversees the care of patients who are admitted to our ward, as well as supporting their relatives and carers. 

“I love all aspects of my role; I am passionate about working on the ward with patients and families, helping to make their time with us as comfortable and symptom free as possible. 

“Working in hospice care is a privilege; the compassion of the staff and volunteers is overwhelming; nothing is too much trouble for anybody. As an organisation, we believe in what we do and we are encouraged to develop and be innovative in how we deliver care.  I look forward to coming to work every day and cannot see myself working anywhere else.”
Linda Prendergast is the hospice’s Education and Learning Facilitator/Practitioner. She supports the hospice’s education programme, which is using our staffs’ expertise on death and dying to educate colleagues across the health and care sector.

“I am most passionate about sharing our knowledge and skills with our community colleagues, to support people to die in their place of choice. 

“It is a privilege to work with patients and families when they are at their most vulnerable; supporting the education programme enables staff to hopefully make a difference to the standard of care that they deliver.”
Vera Mircescu is Head of Catering and has been with the hospice for nearly a year.

“Food is something that brings people together – whether that be during happy times, or sad times, in their lives. Creating a beautiful memory that will stay with them is a winner for me and I wouldn’t change that feeling for anything.

“When I am working, I feel surrounded by professionalism, passion, dedication and care.”
Jill George is the hospice’s Admiral Nurse who supports people with advanced dementia at the end of their life, as well as their families and carers.  Since 2003, Jill has been an experienced member of the hospice’s community team and took up her new role last September. 

“I am passionate about helping families and people with dementia to live well and enjoy life for as long as possible.

“The hospice is a ‘can do’ organisation which makes living with a long term condition a little easier."
Fraser Simpson is the hospice’s Music Therapist, a role that has been made possible thanks to a partnership with national music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. 

“Music-making has so many benefits – it’s a real mind-body-soul activity. It can help people feel relaxed or more alive, it’s social, brings physical health benefits, and puts us in touch with our feelings. It’s a great privilege to work musically with people who are often at a very difficult point in their lives and to witness the consolation and hope that music so often gives. In particular, there’s something very special that happens when people come together to sing, and it’s an amazing experience to lead our wonderful Earl Mountbatten Community Choir.

“Hospices are very special places. It’s a particular kind of person who is drawn to working in hospice care – there’s a huge amount of compassion and I love being a part of a team of wonderful, dedicated people. Together with our patients and their families, it’s an amazing community of people of which I’m proud to belong.”
Marion Tasker is a counsellor and community artist who has been working at the hospice for 16 months. 

“The part of my role that I am passionate about is the arts, and using creativity as way to express oneself.

“Working in hospice care gives me the opportunity to meet people from so many varied and diverse backgrounds. Accompanying this, there is constant and rich learning.”
Duncan Fleming is Executive Clinical Support Team Leader. He has been working for the hospice since April 2015.

“I have a passion for improving process and systems to enable our clinical staff to carry out their duties in the most effective way possible.

“I get a great feeling of pride from working for such as worthwhile cause as Earl Mountbatten Hospice.”
Vicky Scovell is the leader of the hospice’s Care at Home team, which supports people with personal care such as washing and dressing in their own home.

“I want our team to be the best they can be, to reach and care for as many people on the Island as we can. We strive to be the best we can be – and we are!

“Both my parents have been cared for under the hospice for end of life care in the last year, so now I’m even more passionate about what we do!”
Chris Lund has been volunteering at the hospice for about a year and a half, splitting his time between support the communications team and the Inpatient Unit. 

“I can't offer medical expertise: what is most important in what I do is trying to talk to the patients in a way that makes them feel they are normal people who just happen to have very serious medical conditions.

“I think respect is the quality I'd highlight: for every single patient, of course, but also from members of staff however expert or high ranking towards all staff and volunteers whatever their status. Every one makes an effort to be at their best for everyone else. Plenty of places talk about mutual respect  - but precious few live and breathe it.”


"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient