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Chief Executive Princess Alice Hospice

Princess Alice Hospice is a centre of excellence and an outstanding provider of palliative and end of life care for patients and families. Join us as Chief Executive as we enter the next exciting chapter of our story.

  • Location: Esher, Surrey
  • Salary: c.£100,000

Who we are

Princess Alice Hospice cares for patients and families across Surrey, south west London and Middlesex, through illness and bereavement and for as long as they need us. Many people think that hospices are all about dying. We disagree. We believe that end of life care is about helping people live every moment to the full in comfort and dignity. It’s about creating a space whether in our Hospice or at home where families can enjoy special moments and create precious memories together.

We are a centre of excellence and maintain the highest professional standards so that our care is the very best it can be.

We were delighted to retain our outstanding CQC rating in 2022, and we continue to place people at the heart of everything we do.

In 2022, we launched a new strategy for our future: Evolve, Innovate, Improve, Inspire; which provides us with the ability to adapt and develop in a time of uncertainty and change, whilst ensuring that we remain focused on our long-term vision.

Our communities will have the best care and support before, during and after death.

Our current Chief Executive, Nicki Shaw, will be leaving this year, having dedicated over 12 years of her career to Princess Alice Hospice. Nicki has been a dynamic force for the Hospice and will be greatly missed by all.

This is an exciting opportunity for our next Chief Executive to build on our legacy and achievements to date, and bring the values and vision to drive and lead the successful delivery of our ambitious strategy and four overarching priorities.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking an exceptional people leader, skilled in developing collaborative, values-driven and high-performing teams and cultures.

Our new CEO will be empathic, compassionate, driven and visionary, able to inspire and galvanise our outstanding staff and volunteers. Respectful of our successful history, our CEO will bring constructive challenge, fresh ideas and creative-thinking.

With extensive senior leadership experience within a relevant voluntary, charity, public sector or commercial sector environment of similar breadth and complexity; you will be a strong sector collaborator, able to demonstrate a successful track record in partnership working within a complex system. You will be committed to learning quickly and building credibility and strong relationships with our partners.

In addition, you will have the ability to balance the longer-term vision and strategy with our raison d’etre and commitment to outstanding quality for patients and their families.

Above all else you will be intrinsically values driven, compassionate, and committed to the vision and mission of the Hospice.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Lucy Mavers Head of Not-for-Profit Practice Peridot Partners

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Welcome from the Chair

Dear candidate

Thank you for your interest in becoming our next Chief Executive.

Last year, it cost £10 million to provide our free end of life services to local people who need us at the hardest of times. Next year, that figure will be higher. Our dedicated teams deliver compassionate care at our beautiful Hospice in Esher and out in people’s homes.

Last year, we received just 20% in statutory NHS funding. For the rest, we rely on a wide range of income streams, including a retail estate of 43 shops on local high streets, and an incredibly loyal supporter base.

We are forward-thinking with a data-driven approach to fundraising, but all charities would agree that the challenge is real in the current climate of uncertainty.

Against this backdrop, we are a community of compassion, filled with inspiring staff and volunteers who are incredibly proud of their vital work here. Our I-CARE values are embedded across the organisation in various ways and inform our working culture and behaviours:

Integrity | Compassion | Accountability | Respect | Excellence

We introduced our current strategy on 1 April 2022 and remain focused on our long-term vision, that ‘our communities will have the best care and support before, during and after death.’

We’re looking for a new Chief Executive Officer who feels excited by this challenge and recognises the strength of a values-led culture. As people, we believe that life is for living and we embody this ethos in the way we live our lives.

The successful person will be ambitious for our organisation. They will lead a Senior Leadership Team made up of highly skilled, experienced people who enjoy working collaboratively. They will be able to work effectively with a dedicated Board of Trustees and Advisers who are experts in their fields. They will forge relationships with other healthcare settings and enhance our collaborative influence in palliative and end of life care through leadership and advocacy. They will understand the need for us to reach out to communities and people who don’t think hospice care is for them. They will lead authentically and with a passion for inclusion, understanding that making people feel that they truly belong allows individuals and organisations to thrive.

I hope the information enclosed provides a good starting point for you to begin learning more about us, but I’m sure there will be areas you’d like to explore further. Please let our advising consultants at Peridot Partners know if you would like to arrange an initial conversation with me to find out more.

This year we begin celebrating 40 years of excellence at our Hospice and in our communities. If you would like to be part of our next 40 years of success, we would love to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sean Hilton

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

About us

We are an organisation full of dedicated people who are passionate about providing outstanding, compassionate care at end of life.

Our care is person-centred and focuses on providing the right care, by the right people, at the right time and in the right place; it extends to those closest to that person too by being there for them before, during and after death.

We support our wider communities in their grief, learning and loneliness, and we’re working hard to reach people in our communities who don’t get fair access to personalised, end of life care too.

We are experts in our field and we are educators of families and carers, care homes, schools and professionals, actively supporting those people who are harder to reach. We collaborate successfully and we seek to influence end of life care through leadership and advocacy.

We are welcoming, and we don’t pay lip service to diversity and inclusion — our comprehensive work programme in this area is a testament to this, and we work hard to embed our values-led culture across the organisation. We want everybody to know they belong here and we believe you can’t go far wrong if you treat people with respect and compassion at all times.

We are proud of what we do, and we’re ambitious for our future because we know just how much we’re needed by our communities and how much we will continue to be needed.

But the challenges we face are real — we’re working against a backdrop of global uncertainties and a cost-of-living crisis. Our supporter base is shifting, which will continue to impact our ability to fundraise across various income streams.

We know our statutory funding will remain constricted, and we know the healthcare system is under increasing strain for many reasons. These challenges have focused our minds and created a forward-thinking approach to our work. We like to plan ahead – as, indeed, we encourage everybody to do.

We are big enough to continue on our journey of continuous improvement and innovation but small enough to take bold decisions when it matters, adjusting our focus when needed.

Our Board of Trustees is made up of bright, passionate experts. Our Senior Leadership Team is full of talented, collaborative colleagues who are extremely proud to be here.

Our wider organisation is full of dedicated, caring staff and volunteers who understand that the little things matter too — and cake matters a lot here!

We are all people who believe that hospice care is for living.

We are a community of compassion.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Accessibility information

At Princess Alice Hospice we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that values diversity. We are fully committed to equality of opportunities, and we warmly welcome applications from all backgrounds and cultures.

We are signed up to the Disability Confident scheme and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. We are a place where you can be you.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information

We are willing to look at flexible working options – e.g. some reduction in working hours or some element of home working.  However, the role will be predominantly based at the Hospice.

11% of our workforce are from diverse ethnicities (16.6% Retail employees and 8.3% of Hospice-based employees are ethnically diverse).  This is slightly lower than the percentage of ethnically diverse communities in our care areas. Additionally, 9.6% of our employees have declared a disability.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th January 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 7th February 2024
    First stage interviews: Monday 12th (from 2 p.m.) and Wednesday 14th February 2024 (Virtual)
    Candidates informed of outcome of first interviews: Thursday 15th February 2024
    Second stage interviews: Thursday 29th February 2024 (In person)

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