A board of volunteer trustees oversee the work of the hospice by providing strategic direction and monitoring performance. In other words, they hold the hospice ‘in trust’.
The Board makes sure that the specialised care needs of local people facing life-shortening illness are being met as effectively as possible, and ensures there are sufficient funds available to do so.
The Board appoints a Chief Executive who is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the hospice from its care services through to income generation and its operation as a medium size business.
St Catherine’s currently employees just over 130 staff and about 75 per cent work in specialised medical, nursing and other clinical or social work roles. There is also a reserve bank of trained staff to provide cover for leave.
As an independent, local charity, every member of staff is ‘operational’ – there is no head office or overarching levels of bureaucracy.
There are around 700 wonderful volunteers who generously give their time and skills to support St Catherine’s Hospice. This can be through a very specific project or event, or through regular roles and responsibilities upon which the hospice relies.
We are part of the UK’s national umbrella charity for hospices, Hospice UK which supports the development of hospice care in the UK and supports international development.
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