San­dra has ex­pe­ri­ence to head new-look man­age­ment team

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

SAN­DRA Jones has cel­e­brated 40 years in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion by tak­ing over as clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of hos­pice ser­vices at East Cheshire Hos­pice.

San­dra is part of a new-look clin­i­cal man­age­rial team which in­cludes med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Deb­bie Alexan­der and Sarah Dale, clin­i­cal di­rec­tor for East Cheshire Hos­pice @Home.

The changes come fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of clin­i­cal and op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor He­len Knight, who be­came chief ex­ec­u­tive at Wir­ral Hos­pice in Au­gust.

Karyn John­ston, in­come gen­er­a­tion and sup­port ser­vices di­rec­tor at East Cheshire Hos­pice, said: “He­len’s de­par­ture gave us an op­por­tu­nity to look at how we might do things dif­fer­ently. There is now a broader team in­volved and we have a more strate­gic ap­proach.”

San­dra joined the hos­pice three years ago, her first role at the char­ity com­ing in 2009 as a Bank nurse at the Sun­flower Cen­tre. San­dra said: “I’d al­ways wanted to work at the hos­pice but there wasn’t a per­ma­nent role avail­able when I first came here.

“My first full-time role was as a ward sis­ter. I later be­came Unit Man­ager for the Sun­flower Cen­tre and then took on the added re­spon­si­bil­ity of man­ag­ing the In­pa­tient Unit.

“The qual­ity of care here is sec­ond to none and we have an ex­cel­lent clin­i­cal team. Noth­ing is too much trou­ble and staff are al­ways pre­pared to go the ex­tra mile.

“Peo­ple still have a mis­con­cep­tion, think­ing they’re com­ing here to die, but many pa­tients visit for symp­tom and pain man­age­ment and re­turn home again.”

After train­ing at Mac­cles­field General Hospi­tal, San­dra worked at Manch­ester Royal In­fir­mary and The Christie. She was also a re­search nurse at As­traZeneca, work­ing on clin­i­cal tri­als with on­col­ogy drugs.

San­dra Jones, the new clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of hos­pice ser­vices at East Cheshire Hos­pice

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