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Chair of the Board – Mountbatten Hospice Group

Mountbatten Hospice Group

This is a very high-profile role both regionally and nationally. Our new Chair will need to further enable innovation and growth through their positive approach, connections and active support of fundraising, all of which are critical to realising our future ambitions.

  • Location: Isle of Wight and Southampton, Hampshire

About the role

Mountbatten provides expert care and support to anyone on the Isle of Wight who is facing death, dying or bereavement. Every day we support hundreds of adults, children, their families and carers in the community and at the hospice; through our highly skilled staff and volunteers delivering innovative, and compassionate end of life care. This approach has enabled us to create the hospice environment of the future and we are recognised as a leading provider of care nationally.

High-profile and serving a population of 600,000 people on the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, our recent merger with Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton means that we have introduced additional scale and complexity into our business environment to support more people in Hampshire and beyond. Our challenge is to both support the development of Countess Mountbatten Hospice as well as to realise the benefits of economies of scale for both hospices.

We have a first-rate Executive team growing our influence far beyond the Isle of Wight. We now train other agencies including the NHS, care homes and other hospice teams in being able to deliver the outstanding levels of care that we have become accustomed to.

Who we're looking for

Demand is growing rapidly and where other hospices are failing, we are thriving, but never complacent. A continuing focus on recruiting and training volunteers, public engagement, service reconfiguration and income generation will be high on our agenda for the foreseeable future. In this context the new Chair will oversee the development of a new strategy as the current five-year strategy ends in 2020.

This is a very high-profile role both regionally and nationally. Our new Chair will need to further enable innovation and growth through their positive approach, connections and active fundraising, all of which are critical to realising our future ambitions.

Working alongside our excellent Chief Executive, you’ll be overseeing an exemplar hospice model throughout the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, which has the power to influence the future of the hospice movement in the UK and beyond.

Just imagine the influence you could have, and the legacy you would leave…

If you would like an informal conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness | 07872 031079 | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Liz Holderness

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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for showing interest in applying to become the next Chair of Trustees for the Mountbatten Hospice Group.

It is a time of huge challenge for Hospice care in the UK. Founded just over fifty years ago, the Modern Hospice Movement has grown from humble beginnings to a place where there are now around 220 hospices in the country and hospice initiatives in 120 countries across the world. It has been fifty years of tremendous growth. However, how people die is changing with death no longer being a short-term event for many people.

Most people today, including growing numbers of older, frail people, are living longer and therefore dying slower. The responses and services needed to care for and to support people over longer periods of time are different to what we have provided in the past.

Mountbatten is leading the way with innovative and successful initiatives, such as a  new 24/7 ‘Last years of Life Coordination Centre’, a Rapid Discharge Service from the local hospital and a growing team of personal carers providing care packages across our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All of these new initiatives work alongside our traditional and bespoke team of specialists who care for people in our inpatient units, our day and outpatient centres and, more importantly, within the places that people live.

We are currently putting together our strategy for the next five years. This will focus on five key areas:

  1. Care Coordination for the last years of life
  2. Growing volunteering
  3. Our key messages and evolving story
  4. Partnerships and integration
  5. Survival and sustainability

It is an exciting time to join Mountbatten, which is quickly becoming a national leader in the field, particularly through funding new and creative solutions to emerging health and social care problems.

We need our new Chair to be able to join us in our vision to ensure that no one who needs our care at the end of life and into bereavement is ever ignored. We also aspire to create communities which are much more at ease with death, dying and bereavement.

There is much to be done, and the next five years will be crucial in our quest to remain relevant as people’s needs continue to change and to develop

Nigel Hartley
CEO

Mountbatten provides expert care and support to anyone on the Isle of Wight and Southampton who is facing death, dying and bereavement

Did you know that, on any one day, over 1300 people a day access services on the Isle of Wight and this continues to grow? Around 2000 people a day access services across both the Isle of Wight and Southampton.

Most of our work takes place in people’s own homes, wherever that may be, and extends to the families and friends of those we care for. Anyone who has experienced the death of someone close to them, whatever their age and wherever the death has occurred, can access our bereavement support service.

All of our services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. This is only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our community for their continuing support, through fundraising and volunteering.

Countess Mountbatten Hospice

In September 2018, it was announced that Mountbatten had been invited to lead a new ground-breaking partnership with a mainland hospice.

This would support Mountbatten’s strategy of wanting to reach more people and work in partnership to move forward, as well as ensure that services for the Isle of Wight community as they face death, dying and bereavement are secure for the future.

The ground-breaking partnership between Mountbatten Isle of Wight and the then NHS-run Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton is exploring ways that Mountbatten can utilise its leadership and support for the mainland hospice to continue developing their services as an independent charity.

In April 2019, a new bereavement service was launched at Countess Mountbatten Hospice, just one of a number of new services planned for the mainland unit.

Our Values

We care about what we do. We appreciate that people are different and we are kind and compassionate to our patients and families, to our local community and to each other

We are experts in our field. We are professional at all times, aspiring to be the best that we can be in everything that we do

We are innovative and bold. We respond quickly and creatively to the changing needs of our society within the scope of our human and financial resources

We respect our community. We exist for our local population, now and into the future, and we believe that we can achieve more together by working in partnership with others

More Information:

Mountbatten website
Our Annual Review
Accounts
Articles of Association
Strategy
Quality and Impact Reports 
Latest CQC Report 
Our Trustees
Schedule of Meetings

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If you would like an informal conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness | 07872 031079 | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a comprehensive CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be no more than two pages of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the essential criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair of the Board, Mountbatten Hospice Group” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Timetable


Closing date: 
9am, Monday 16th September 2019
Shortlisted candidates meet Nigel Hartley: Monday 30th September
Interview Day: Monday 21st October

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