Chief Executive’s Message

Established by our community, providing care and support for our community, funded by our community

Wirral Hospice St John's was founded more than 30 years ago fulfilling a need identified by local doctors and the community. A place to provide palliative care and support for cancer patients approaching the end of their lives.

As time has evolved so has Wirral Hospice, recognising the need to broaden our remit to include people with other life limiting illnesses and extend that support throughout the palliative phase of illness.

We provide care and support for patients, their families and friends across all of our departments and into the community as well.

Our multi-professional team have the knowledge and skills to complement other health and social care professionals in supporting people to live well, develop their coping strategies to get the most out of life whilst symptoms are kept at bay.

Expectations have changed and it is important to us that patients and families are involved every step of the way. ‘Your life, your say’, setting personal achievement targets, assessing where they are and where they want to be.

We encourage people to plan ahead so that together we can help it become a reality. Health and social care is changing with people living longer, sometimes with multiple conditions increasing the complexity of their needs.

All health and social care providers are finding their resources squeezed, having to meet higher demand with less resources. Thus across Wirral, we are collectively seeking different ways of working collaboratively with both statutory and voluntary sectors to meet those needs ensuring that people feel supported every step of the way.

Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care is a national framework that sets out the aims for local action:

- Each person is seen as an individual
- Each person gets fair access to care
- Maximising comfort and wellbeing
- Care is coordinated
- All staff are prepared to care
- Each community is prepared to help

The full 50-page document can be read (and downloaded) here: Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care

These six ambitions underpin all that we do at Wirral Hospice St John's

It is only possible to continue delivering and developing our service for Wirral community, responding and adapting to changing needs through the generous donationsvolunteering and support of our local community.

Thank you so much.

Warmest regards,

Helen Knight, Chief Executive
Wirral Hospice St John’s

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