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Project information

Sponsor a bed in our inpatient unit

We have 12 beds in our inpatient unit, providing 24-hour medical care to patients who have a complex mixture of physical and emotional needs. Each bed costs £100,000 each year to keep open.

Our project is ongoing

Charity information: The Hospice of St Francis

The Hospice of St Francis logo
  • Need


    Many of the patients who are referred to our inpatient unit have a complex mixture of physical and emotional needs.

    The inpatient unit is central to the specialist care we offier, but it is difficult to secure funding for due to the high running costs - the nature of the care we provide requires a high ratio of clinical care for each patient. Salaries remain an unattractive prospect to many funders yet our nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and social workers ARE the hospice to many people.


    The inpatient unit offers a team comprising doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and social workers. Together they work to prevent and relieve suffering as well as improve the quality of life for patients and families facing the problems associated with terminal illness.

    The care and length of stay varies according to an individual's need; the average stay is around 10 days - short term respite care is needed, and we provide terminal care to those at the end of their life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide specialist palliative care to 30 patients and their families over the course of one year.


    » Keep one inpatient bed open for one year.

    What success will look like

    Success will be keeping an inpatient bed open for one year and looking after 30 patients and their families over 12 months.

  • Impact


    We share the experiences we gain via our inpatient unit with other providers of end-of-life care via our award-winning education programme - this helps us raise the overall standard.

    In 2009-10 we contributed to the design of University Master and Degree programmes in End of Life Care and shared our work and ideas by presenting and publishing at international and national conferences, journals and reference books.


    There is a risk that a drop in the overall income received by the Hospice may result in us having to restrict our services and close one or more of our inpatient unit beds.

    We have dealt with this risk by maintaining around six months' reserves and developing a varied fundraising mix, to make sure we are not over-reliant on one income source.


    We publish statistics and case studies from our inpatient unit in our regular newsletters and our annual review. Our accounts, lodged each year with the Charity Commission, also detail our achievements and statistics concerning numbers of patients and families cared for by The Hospice of St Francis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,700 Full time Specialist Nurse Full time specialist nurse
      £19,312 Full time Healthcare Assistant Full time Healthcare assistant
      £9,800 Additional Nursing Support Nursing and ward clerk hours
      £25,803 Additional specialist staff Costs of doctor, social worker and therapist
      £6,700 Medicine & therapy costs Medicine and therapy costs
      £5,685 Operating costs Stationery, printing, postage, food, cleaning, houseleeping
  • Background


    We are based in Berkhamsted and our catchment area covers North West Hertfordshire and the Chilterns area of Buckinghamshire.


    Our patients come to us after a referral from GPs, District Nurses, Hospitals and other Hospice teams. No charge is made by the Hospice to patients for the provision of medical, nursing or support services and the Hospice does not discriminate between patients on the grounds of age, sex, race or religion. The decision to admit patients is made on clinical grounds only.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?


    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Ros Taylor, DL MA, MB, BChir, MRCGP

    Ros is the Medical Director at the Hospice - she has a leadership role as well as a clinical role, with overall responsibility for Hospice projects.