Shake-up at hospice to help pro­tect care

Jobs are at risk as part of re­struc­ture at Saint Cather­ine’s

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - By Susan Stephen­son susan.stephen­ Twit­ter @SStephen­sonSN

Saint Cather­ine’s Hospice in Scar­bor­ough has an­nounced that jobs may be af­fected as part of a re­struc­ture.

The pro­posed changes may im­pact on five per cent of the work­force, which cur­rently stands at 186 full and part­time roles.

A state­ment from Saint Cather­ine’s chief ex­ec­u­tive and trustees ex­plained: “This morn­ing (Tues­day), Saint Cather­ine’s be­gan a con­sul­ta­tion process on a pro­posed re­struc­ture of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The fo­cus of this pro­posal is the con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment and de­vel­op­ment of Saint Cather­ine’s to en­sure it is ‘fit for the fu­ture’ as a 21st cen­tury hospice, which is able to main­tain high lev­els of qual­ity care and sup­port in a sus­tain­able way.

“Saint Cather­ine’s has been proudly serv­ing the com­mu­nity for over 30 years and we re­main com­mit­ted to do­ing so.

“The pro­posed changes will oc­cur whilst min­imis­ing all pos­si­ble im­pact on pa­tient, carer and fam­ily, care and sup­port. Any­one cur­rently us­ing our ser­vices will con­tinue to see the same level of care de­liv­ered to them.

“Over a num­ber of years Saint Cather­ine’s has been op­er­at­ing with a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial deficit.

“Through the his­toric gen­eros­ity of our sup­port­ers we have been able to use our sav­ings to help us through this time while we look at our op­tions for the fu­ture.

“Over its long his­tory, the struc­ture and de­vel­op­ment of Saint Cather­ine’s has been based on new ser­vices and func­tions sim­ply be­ing at­tached to the ex­ist­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion. Whilst this ap­proach worked his­tor­i­cally with the fi­nan­cial sup­port we re­ceived, this is no longer the case.

“The pro­pos­als which have been for­mu­lated are de­signed to meet the chang­ing needs of pa­tients and al­lows Saint Cather­ine’s to be an or­gan­i­sa­tion which is in­deed ‘fit for the fu­ture’.” Mike Wilk­er­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Saint Cather­ine’s, said: “Saint Cather­ine’s is an im­por­tant and well re­spected part of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. We are re­struc­tur­ing now to en­sure we are able to de­liver our ser­vices to those who need our care and sup­port for the next 30 years, and beyond.

“To­day, more than any other time, we need to meet in­creased de­mand and op­er­ate as a flex­i­ble and lean or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment and de­vel­op­ment, com­bined with work­ing as ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.

“We need to be able to de­liver our care and sup­port in a sus­tain­able way to pa­tients, car­ers and fam­i­lies who need us. It is time for us to think about how we do that. Un­for­tu­nately the pro­pos­als we have for­mu­lated may af­fect a num­ber of roles, around 5% of the work­force.

“Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod we will make no fur­ther state­ment out of re­spect to those in­volved.

“We an­tic­i­pate be­ing able to pro­vide a full up­date on pro­posed changes early in De­cem­ber.”

Saint Cather­ine’s pro­vides spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care and sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als with ter­mi­nal ill­nesses and their fam­i­lies, within an area of North York­shire cov­er­ing more than 1,600 square miles. The hospice was es­tab­lished in 1985, and has grown to become a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for pal­lia­tive care. In 2016 the hospice cared for over 3,000 in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies.

It costs over £6 mil­lion ev­ery year to de­liver care.

Pro­pos­als may af­fect roles for around 5% of the work­force

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