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Chief Executive | Shooting Star Children’s Hospices

Support children and their families to make every moment count as this amazing charity's next Chief Executive. We are looking for an inspiring and authentic leader with a track record in leading multi-disciplinary, geographically dispersed teams within a relevant voluntary, public or private sector environment.

  • Location: London and Surrey
  • Salary: c.£110,000

About Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices supports babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, living across Surrey and 15 boroughs of London.

Thanks to medical advances children with life-limiting conditions are living longer and the help they need is increasingly complex. We help families make every moment count by supporting them from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and includes a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family, specialist nursing care and respite, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support.

It costs £8.8m a year to maintain our current level of care and just 8% of that income comes from central government funding, so we rely on our supporters’ generosity to keep the service running.

Following a period of change and reorganisation, and with our current CEO recently announcing his retirement later this year, this is a great time to join us and lead the organisation forward in the next phase of our strategic development.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for an inspiring and authentic Chief Executive with a demonstrable track record in leading multi-disciplinary, geographically dispersed teams within a relevant voluntary, public or private sector environment.

Our Chief Executive will bring experience of driving significant organisational change and have a proven track record of developing robust strategies. You will be an exceptional people leader, able to empower high performing teams of staff and volunteers and develop strong internal and external stakeholder relationships. This includes displaying the ability to work within a Board environment either as an experienced CEO or as leader of a relevant, multi-functional division or business unit and to maintain and deepen the involvement of high-profile patrons and supporters.

You will be committed to our values, be empathetic to our cause and, through excellent ambassadorial skills, have the gravitas to promote our mission with confidence and authority. We are seeking someone who quite rightly places our outstanding quality of care as the highest priority but is able to blend this with the imperative to lead the overall strategic development of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Although we are keen to attract someone with a strong understanding of finance management, you will need to also exhibit a track record of developing the commercial approach of an organisation, be able to drive income diversification and maintain the financial sustainability of the organisation.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search adviser at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935 068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Michael Earnshaw | 07494 595 178 | Michael@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 26th April 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Welcome from Andrew Coppel, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, a leader in the field of care for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has had a year like no other – from adapting the care that we provide to work in a Covid-19 safe way, to seeking new opportunities for generating income as traditional ways came to a halt. Now, as the UK starts to emerge from the pandemic, we are adapting to new ways of achieving our objectives, and this role will be pivotal in formulating our strategic direction for the next five years.

This exciting opportunity has arisen due to our incumbent Chief Executive retiring later this year. With the benefit of a timely handover, this is the perfect opportunity for an inspiring senior leader looking for a fulfilling role at a truly outstanding organisation.

It is certainly an exciting time to be joining Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and I hope this pack inspires you to apply.

Best wishes,

Andrew Coppel
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Our story

Our story began as two separate children’s hospice charities. CHASE which was founded in 1994 and The Shooting Star Trust founded in 1995. In April 2011, the two charities merged to become Shooting Star Chase, with the two hospices, Christopher’s in Guildford and Shooting Star House in Hampton, able to care for more children and families across London and Surrey. In February 2019 we updated our name to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, to provide greater clarity about what we do. Today, we are a leading children’s hospice charity.

1990 – Our story began when Julia Lever MBE sets up a fundraising group to support a children’s hospice in Birmingham. Julia soon realises that there is no comparable service covering south-east England, so sets about establishing such a service.

1994 – CHASE, which stands for Children’s Hospice Association of the South East is officially registered as a charity.

1995 – Kate Turner MBE establishes The Shooting Star Trust with the aim of providing a home-from-home environment offering medical, practical and emotional services free of charge to families in south-west London.

1997 – In January, Michael and Sarah More-Molyneux make their land available on which to build a children’s hospice – a £3.5m project. In August of the same year, Christopher, Michael and Sarah’s young son sadly dies in a tragic accident on the Loseley Estate. It’s then decided that the yet to be named hospice will be called Christopher’s in his memory.

2001 – 11 years after CHASE was founded, Christopher’s, our nine-bedroom hospice in Artington, Guildford is opened on 21 November.

2005 – Ten years after The Shooting Star Trust was founded, Shooting Star House, our Hampton based hospice, opens its doors and welcomes its first family on 5 August.

2011 – In one of the key moments of our story, The Shooting Star Trust and CHASE merge to become Shooting Star Chase, paving the way for opportunities to increase care, expertise and funding.

2019 – Shooting Star Chase becomes Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, to better promote the work we do to the communities we serve.

To read more about our story, visit: shootingstar.org.uk/about-us/our-story

Our catchment area

Our care service in numbers (2019-20)

We support 700 families, living across Surrey and 15 London boroughs. Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year.

  • 782 families supported
  • 4,457 keyworker contacts with families
  • 77 new referrals accepted
  • 292 end-of-life bed nights
  • 93% occupancy at our hospices
  • 2,840 respite nights at our hospices
  • 1,874 symptom management support contacts
  • 2,056 face-to-face therapy contacts
  • 595 supported siblings
  • 113 nights our bereavement suites were in use

Our care service in detail

Our care service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We currently have a rating of outstanding at our hospice in Guildford. Our hospice in Hampton is currently closed to families due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • A named key worker: Caring for a life-limiting child can be daunting and physically exhausting. It can also be difficult to keep on top of things like hospital appointments. As experienced care professionals, our key workers get to know each family and develop an understanding of each child or young person’s medical and individual needs. They are there to support and help families.
  • A comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family: As well as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, we offer a range of creative and complementary therapies, counselling and support groups for the whole family including siblings’ days, grandparents’ days, family activities and events, pamper days and dads’ days. This year we have introduced virtual support, as part of our Virtual Hospice, for families shielding or self-isolating.
  • Respite at our hospice: Respite provides the children and young people we support with a range of fun, sensory and therapeutic activities, while parents can enjoy family time together, or get a crucial break. Occasionally, a family may require support at short notice due to an unexpected situation. At Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, we pride ourselves on our flexible care and will always do our best to support a family in a crisis.
  • Symptom management: Many of the children we support have very complex and changing symptoms, particularly at end of life. We have a Symptom Care Team, led by one of the country’s leading Consultants in Paediatric Palliative Medicine and a team of specialist nurses trained in symptom care, who provide expert advice, including individualised symptom care plans and emergency health care plans, to help improve the child’s quality of life. The team are also part of a 24/7 telephone service, enabling families to access support wherever they are.
  • End-of-life care: One of our fundamental aims is to provide expert nursing and medical care for children at end of life, with support for their families, in their preferred place of care.
  • Bereavement support: Care does not stop after a child has died. We have a dedicated area at each hospice where a child can lay at rest, allowing their family to say goodbye in a familiar and supportive environment. We will also continue to provide practical and emotional support for the entire family.

We also help young people transitioning out of our hospice care, give guidance and advice on social support and are able to care for children with extremely complex needs, including ventilation dependent children, who would not be able to access support elsewhere.

6 months of care at Shooting Star Children's Hospices

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 26th April 2021
    Longlist review: Friday 30th April
    Preliminary interview: w/c Monday 3rd May
    Informal Leadership Team sessions: Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th or Wednesday 19th May
    Final interview: Thursday 20th or Friday 21st May

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