Project information

Sponsor a St Richard's Hospice Specialist Nurse

St Richard’s nurses work in the In-patient Unit providing specialist palliative care to patients with life threatening illnesses. Patients with complex symptoms or end of life care. This can be extremely physically & emotionally draining. The Nurses have to deal with anguish & loss daily.

October 2014 - March 2015

Charity information

St Richard's Hospice

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  • Need


    Many people in Worcestershire require general palliative care and others suffer from life threatening illnesses and need specialist palliative care. St Richard’s is able to ensure that patients can choose where they wish to be treated and where they wish to die. It means that patients can be cared for in a hospice rather than being inappropriately admitted to an acute hospital where there is an ethos of curing the patient rather than ensuring they have the best quality of life.


    The Specialist Palliative Care nurse will care for patients in the In-patient Unit who stay anywhere between 8-14 days with approximately 60% needing end of life care whilst others are discharged back to their homes or to an appropriate area of care. We recently extended and refurbished our In-patient unit which will enable our bed availability to increase by 36% planning to eliminate the requirement for a waiting list and will also mean we will be able to care for 60 more patients per annum.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enhance the quality of life of patients suffering with life threatening illnesses


    » By ensuring patients continue to receive the quality of service from the In-patient unit that has been praised in the past by patients.

    Through the feedback we receive from patients and family members/carers via our patients forum and questionnaires

    Aim 2

    To support the families and carers of our patients


    » By ensuring family members/carers of patients continue to receive the quality of service that has been praised in the past by relatives and carers

    Through the feedback we receive from patients and family members/carers via our patients forum and questionnaires

  • Impact


    The Nurse will play her part in answering the increasing needs of patients through her continued professional development, learning from the latest teaching in specialist palliative care. Our education department is an invaluable resource for our nursing and caring staff. We work with the local GP’s and health authority ensuring an integrated service is delivered to our patients.


    There is always a risk of competition for charitable funds. However, we have an excellent relationship with the NHS who commission our services and a robust fundraising strategy delivered by our fundraising department


    Donors to this project will receive regular updates regarding the hospice’s work generally and will be asked how often and in what way they would like a more detailed report on the progress of the service.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Salary Six months salary with on costs (NI & Pension) but does not include any prof development
  • Background


    Worcestershire has a population of 557,000 with 292,000 being in South Worcestershire, our main catchment area. This is predicted to grow to 605,000 by 2030.


    Last year of the 777 St Richard’s Hospice patients who died, 193 chose to spend their final days in the In Patient Unit. (Other patients were supported by our Home Care team and many were able to die in their homes.) In addition, our Family Support Team provided care and support to family members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Richard’s Hospice is the largest provider of specialist palliative care in the county and was created by a local doctor and an amazing team of volunteers 30 years ago. It has always worked towards answering the needs of the patients and families and has grown accordingly. It can deliver the specialist palliative care not available elsewhere.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    New Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Herself

    In-patient Unit Specialist Palliative Care Nurse

    Dr Nicky Wilderspin

    Medical Director

    June Patel

    Care Director

    Fiona Howarth.

    In-patient Unit Manager