Gloucestershire Nurse Joins The National Association for Hospice at Home

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire is delighted to announce its Hospice at Home Manager, Heather Mitchell, has joined the National Association for Hospice at Home (NAHH) as a Trustee.

The NAHH is representative body for Hospice at Home services in the UK and works closely with their member services, Hospice UK and other national organisations to raise the profile of Hospice at Home and identify and disseminate best practice in end of life care.

Raising the profile of Hospice at Home

Heather has worked in the community for most of her nursing career and specifically in Hospice at Home for 16 years. As part of her new role at the NAHH, she will work to raise the profile of Hospice at Home care nationally; sharing innovation and championing widening access so more people will benefit from this type of care - no matter where they live or what their condition is.

Heather Mitchell, Hospice at Home Manager at Leckhampton Court Hospice and Trustee at the NAHH, commented: “Being able to offer people who are dying the real option of staying at home, surrounded by those they love and in familiar surroundings, is something I am hugely passionate about.

Providing person-centered care

“There is a comforting familiarity of being cared for in your own home. No one has to ask how many sugars you have in your tea. I want to make sure everyone is aware of the choices available to them about how and where they are cared for at the end of their life.”

“National figures show 70% of people would prefer to die at home but 50% currently die in hospital. I want to see these figures change so people at the end of their life are cared for in the place they want to be cared for. So I am delighted to be working with the National Association of Hospice at Home to have the opportunity to help make this happen.”

Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director for Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “It’s fantastic for Sue Ryder to be part of something that will help share and promote best practice in hospice at home care which will benefit so many people who wish is to die at home. I know Heather will bring a great deal of energy, expertise and passion to help the NAHH shape the future of hospice at home care in the UK.”

Kay Greene, Chair and Trustee of the NAHH said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Heather as a Trustee. We are very familiar with Heather and know she has great enthusiasm and knowledge which will ultimately benefit people at home – something we are all whole heartedly committed to.’

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Hayley Clemmens
PR and Marketing Officer 
Sue Ryder - Leckhampton Court Hospice
01242 246281/ 07773 039984
hayley.clemmens@suerydercare.org