New direc­tor’s aim for Thorpe Hall Hospice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

The new direc­tor of Thorpe Hall has taken the top spot at the hospice 17 years af­ter her first job in­ter­view there.

Al­li­son Mann has taken up the top post at the Sue Ry­der run hospice af­ter work­ing as a ward sis­ter and head of clin­i­cal ser­vices at Thorpe Hall.

She said she had first wanted to work there as a lit­tle girl hav­ing been driven past it in her par­ents’ car, be­fore hav­ing her first in­ter­view nearly two decades ago.

She said: “I didn’t even know what Thorpe Hall was then, I just knew it looked like the kind of place I’d like to be.

“I re­alised early on in my ca­reer that my pas­sion lay with car­ing for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies at the end of life. And I also re­alised that end of life care could, and should, be so much bet­ter than it was.”

Al­li­son, who lives in Stam­ford with her hus­band and two chil­dren, worked with the pal­lia­tive care team at Glen­field Hos­pi­tal in Le­ices­ter to im­prove the pal­lia­tive care ser­vices of­fered across the re­gion, be­fore mov­ing to Thorpe Hall 12 years ago.

She said:“We say at Sue Ry­der that we can’t change the out­come but we can change the jour­ney. That is so true.

“Our team works holis­ti­cally with every pa­tient to give them what they need to live as well as they can for the time they have. That time is so very precious – it’s a time peo­ple can use to cre­ate mem­o­ries, take pho­tos and share thoughts. Be­ing a part of mak­ing that hap­pen is what ties me to pal­lia­tive care.

“We are very proud of the rep­u­ta­tion we have built up among those who have ex­pe­ri­enced our care.

“My pri­or­ity now, as hospice direc­tor, is to en­sure the Thorpe Hall name be­comes syn­ony­mous with in­cred­i­ble care among those who might need our ser­vices, health­care pro­fes­sion­als and those who may be in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing a lo­cal char­ity.”

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