ST RICHARD’S Hospice has announced current care director, June Patel, is to take up her new role as chief executive of the Worcestershire charity at the end of May.
This will follow the retirement of the current chief executive, Mark Jackson, who is stepping down from his role after more than a decade at the helm.
Mrs Patel, from Droitwich, joined St Richard’s as care director in 2011 and has helped shape a wide range of developments in patient and family care for those living with life-limiting illnesses in the county.
As care director, Mrs Patel is currently the Care Quality Commission registered manager responsible for all the nursing and palliative care delivered by the clinical departments at the hospice which provides specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones.
Mrs Patel said: “I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed the new Chief Executive of our wonderful hospice – a much loved charity that has grown over the last 33 years and which will continue to develop thanks to the dedicated board of governors, staff, volunteers and generous support and goodwill from our community.”
She also recognised the need to raise the profile of hospice care and palliative and end of life care in South Worcestershire and was a driving force behind the establishment of the Centre for Palliative Care in partnership with the University of Worcester in 2013.
“I have a real passion for local healthcare and I’m looking forward to building on the achievements which Mark has led over the last decade, putting our patients and their loved ones at the heart of all we do,” Mrs Patel added.
John Bawden, chair of St Richard’s Hospice’s governors, said Mrs Patel has ‘enormous’ enthusiasm and experience which will contribute ‘significantly’ to continuous improvements in the quality of care which the hospice provides.
He added: “On behalf of the board of governors I would also like to pay tribute to Mark Jackson for the tremendous impact he has had on St Richard’s since he joined in 2006.
“I believe that June will continue to transform care for those affected by life-limiting illness in Worcestershire.”
For more information about the hospice, visit www.strichards.org.uk.