Today [Friday 11 May], we announced our vision for the future at a special event to launch our new Five Year Strategy [2018 – 23], which was attended by the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP.
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices delivers care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their carers and family members, to a region with a population of approximately 360,000 people [which includes Spelthorne, West Elmbridge, Surrey Heath, Runnymede, Woking and North Guildford]. Our services are a life-line to many people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It is therefore imperative that our services are accessible to all those that need them.
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments: “The face of hospice care and its role within the community is changing across the UK, this is largely due to our communities living longer but there is also a shift in how we provide our specialist palliative care services. We are a central part of a coordinated approach with our healthcare colleagues from across our region for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Now our new state-of-the-art hospice has been open for almost one year, it is time to reflect on all of our learning and to look to the future to ensure our services are of the highest standards and that they are accessible to all who need them.”
The purpose of the hospice’s launch event, attended by the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP, whose constituency of Weybridge and Runnymede forms part of the region that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices delivers care across, is to engage our community in our plans for the future.
Ms Cooper adds: “Our Five Year Strategy [2018 – 2023] sets out our organisational goals and ambitions and is reflective of the changing face of hospice care. Through the delivery of innovative and collaborative working with other healthcare providers, partners, supporters, other organisations and our community, we have set out key priorities for the organisation. This includes our plans for developing a robust and sustainable model of specialist palliative care and building solid two-way engagement across our community.”
As part of the event, Mr Hammond was taken on a tour of the new Woking Hospice facility in Goldsworth Park Centre. He then join a number of hospice key supporters for a short presentation about the hospice’s plans for the next five years.
Jayne Cooper concludes: “We are a central part of the Surrey Community and announcing our plans in this way is an opportunity for us to share with the community what we plan to deliver for them over the next five years. For many of our patients we only get one chance to get it right and this is the most important driver for the delivery of our new strategy.
I am very grateful to Mr Hammond for taking time out of his busy schedule to join us at our launch event. I am excited about the future of hospice care and I feel honoured to be leading such an innovative and forward thinking organisation such as Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. But we could not do all we do without our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners. I therefore would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all of us at the hospice to say thank you and we look forward to our continued future journey together.”
To read more about our Five Year Strategy and our vision for the future please click here.