Hospice chief to re­tire after 18 years in role

St Fran­cis di­rec­tor to bid farewell to ‘ro­bust’ team

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE di­rec­tor of a hospice is hang­ing up her hat after 18 years in the role.

Dr Ros Tay­lor, di­rec­tor of the Hospice of St Fran­cis, has an­nounced she is to re­tire from the char­ity at the end of the fi­nan­cial year – March 2015.

Dur­ing her 18 years at the helm she has over­seen the hospice – which cares for peo­ple from Che­sham, Amer­sham, the Chalfonts and sur­round­ing vil­lages – in its ex­pan­sion from a small lo­cal hospice in Shrub­lands Road, Berkham­sted, to a lead­ing cen­tre for pal­lia­tive care and teach­ing at its big­ger Spring Gar­den Lane site.

She will con­tinue to help shape the na­tional de­bate around end of life care in her part-time role as Help The Hos­pices’ na­tional di­rec­tor for hospice care, but is proud to be leav­ing the hospice with a ‘ro­bust and ex­pe­ri­enced’ clin­i­cal lead­er­ship team, which in­cludes con­sul­tant Dr Sharon Chad­wick lead­ing the med­i­cal team and Clare Hearn­shaw, the newly ap­pointed di­rec­tor of care and clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

Dr Tay­lor said: “I’ve played my part but none of the care or de­vel­op­ment would have hap­pened with­out the hard work, gen­eros­ity and loy­alty of the staff, vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity who have joined me along the way.

“My decision to re­tire is two-fold. I’ve taken on a part-time role as na­tional di­rec­tor for hospice care from Oc­to­ber and I an­tic­i­pate this role will grow.

“I also be­lieve

it’s time for me to step aside from the hospice to al­low a new leader to support the next era of change.

“I’m ab­so­lutely con­fi­dent that the tal­ented and com­mit­ted team of staff and vol­un­teers will sus­tain the hospice long into the fu­ture, but March is a while away and un­til then it’s business as usual.”

The hospice’s chair of trus­tees Charles Toner said: “Ros has made an enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the hospice for 18 years.

“There’ll be am­ple time to recog­nise her con­tri­bu­tion more fully in the com­ing months.

“The Board of Trus­tees can now be­gin the process of re­cruit­ing a suc­ces­sor to con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of the hospice’s ser­vices and meet the chang­ing needs of peo­ple in its catch­ment.”

Con­trib­uted

OUT­GO­ING: Dr Ros Tay­lor, di­rec­tor of the Hospice of St Fran­cis

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