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New strategy announced

Looking forward to the 25th anniversary, the Trustees of Herriot Hospice Homecare have been carrying out a review of its strategy and services with the aim of strengthening the charity to move forward into the next 25 years, and to offer an even wider range of palliative care and bereavement services to more patients in Hambleton and Richmondshire.

 

As part of this review, the Trustees have concluded that, with great regret, they will soon cease to provide one of their services, the end of life care service. This will give them the opportunity to develop and enhance their existing respite sitting and befriending, complementary therapy, patient grant and bereavement counselling services. In addition, they are already planning new and exciting initiatives which will be announced later in the year to mark the start of their 25th anniversary celebrations.

 

The end of life service was started at the specific request of the former NHS Primary Care Trust to provide specially-trained Health Care Assistants and to organise the management and delivery of the service in people’s homes in Hambleton and Richmondshire. As part of the NHS reorganisation in 2012, the management of the service was taken away from Herriot. Since then, the funding for service delivery has been cut and over the last three years the charity has had to subsidise the service by up to 60% of the cost.

 

It has been able to do this solely thanks to a generous legacy, but this has now been spent and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group is not able to increase the funding to cover the full cost of delivering the service. In 2015/16, the charity received £180,000 to provide end of life care, but the actual cost to Herriot was over £360,000.

 

Herriot Hospice Homecare has therefore taken the very difficult decision to cease the end of life care services from 1st August 2016 as it is not prepared to compromise on the quality of the service it offers through its specially-trained palliative care staff and support staff. Unfortunately, there will have to be staff redundancies and the consultation process for staff who may be affected has now begun.

 

In 2015/16, the charity had operating costs of £910,000 and through fundraising and its three charity shops it raised £475,000, leaving a significant shortfall.

 

Herriot Hospice Homecare Chairman of Trustees, Peter Kershaw, said: “It’s very sad to have to cease our end of life care service, but we feel we had no other choice if we were to secure the long-term future of Herriot Hospice Homecare.

 

“We are particularly sad to lose some very experienced and loyal staff and we would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement.

 

“The fundraising and volunteer support which the charity enjoys in the local area will enable us to expand our existing services and offer new and innovative services over 1,000 square miles of North Yorkshire.”

 

Article Posted 3rd May 2016