Regional Groups

We have ten regional groups to provide support at a local level. Each group sets its own agenda, deciding how often to meet and what format those meetings take. Although there is a description of the area that each group covers, the boundaries are fluid, and you are free to choose whichever group you find most accessible. [Click here for a UK map that shows where the groups are at present].

To find out more, please contact your regional representative.

Eastern England
Area Covered: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and south Lincolnshire.
Regional Rep: Louise Moore, Garden House Hospice, Letchworth.
Phone: 01462 679540
Email:
News/Events: The group is going well, with a good core of approx 6-8 of us. We meet 3-4 times per year, and have support / sharing experience / CPD type discussions. We have spent the last 18 months or so visiting each other in situ which has been educative.
London (within M25)
Area covered: Greater London and the whole area within the M25.
Regional Rep: Markus Lange, Penrose Care, London
Phone: 0207 435 2644
Email: markus.a.lange@penrosecare.co.uk
News/Events At present, the group holds occasional events, and individual members also link up informally.
Midlands
Area Covered: Derbyshire, Staffordshire, S. Notts, West Midlands, Hereford, Worcester, Warwickshire, Leicester, Rutland and Northants.
Regional Rep: Stig Graham, Myton Hospice, Warwick
phone: 01926 492518
email:
News/Events: 15th March, St Richards Hospice.

We meet in the Midlands 3-4 times each year, trying different ways of meeting – half days or full days, different sites, with reasonable success. We average between 6 and 10 to a meeting.

All the sessions are full days 1000-1500.
Please let us know if you are coming, to help with catering arrangements.

Northern Ireland
Area Covered: The whole of Northern Ireland
Regional Rep: Matthew Hagan, Southern Area Hospice, Newry.
Phone: 02837 568619
Email:
News/Events: None posted
North West England and North Wales
Area Covered: North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire and everywhere west of the Pennines up to Cumbria
Regional rep: Chris Cheeseman, Pendleside Hospice, Burnley.
Phone: 01282 440138
Email: chris.cheeseman@pendleside.org.uk
News/Events: We welcome folk working in any Hospice or elsewhere in palliative care in the North West and North Wales.

Our next meeting will be on March 8th 2017 at Pendleside Hospice in Bury from 12pm to 3pm.

Oxford
Area Covered: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire
Regional Rep: Bob Whorton, Sobell House Hospice, Oxford
Phone: 01865 225779
Email: bob.whorton@ouh.nhs.uk
News/Events; The next meeting of the Oxford regional group to be advised.
Scotland
Area Covered: The whole of Scotland, including the Northern and Western Isles.
Regional Rep: Regional Rep: Margery Collin, Strathcarron Hospice, Denny.
Phone: 07921 551885
Email: margery.collin@btinternet.com

News/Events: We have about 15 active members, with a typical attendance of about 8-10 when we meet, three times a year. We take it turns to host, and to travel to each other's hospice or unit.

Meetings are usually 10:30 to 3.30 and include a presentation and discussion, time for reflection, resource sharing and peer support.

At our recent meeting in Airdrie, we set the following dates:

* Sept: Thursday 8th - at Strathcarron Hospice, Denny

2017

* March: Tuesday 7th - at Kilbryde Hospice, East Kilbride

* June: Wednesday 7th - Venue TBA

South East England
Area Covered: Kent and East Sussex
Regional Rep: Nicholas Roddick, Martletts Hospice
Phone: 01273 273400
Email:
News/Events: At present, the group holds occasional events (the last time was in October 2014), and individual members also link up informally.
Southern England
Area Covered: Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Regional Rep:
News/Events: Next meeting is at Oakhaven Hospice on the 25th January 2017, 10am - 3pm.
Please contact Kate Wilson at Oakhaven Hospice if you are attending.
South West England and South Wales
Area Covered: South-west England and South Wales, including Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset
Regional Reps: Sally Bedborough, Joseph Weld Hospice, Dorchester
Phone: 01305 215399
News/Events: We have a really good group covering the South-west and South Wales. As well as recent retreats, (overnight at Ammerdown and a recent trip to Somerset) we meet early in the year just for a day, at a location more or less central to us – Weston Super Mare, and previously Taunton.

Then most get together at the Conference for another catch up.

Yorkshire and North East England
Area Covered: North Lincs, North Notts, Yorkshire, Teeside, Co Durham, Tyneside and Northumberland
Regional Rep: David Buck, Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, Leeds
Phone: 01132 787249
Email:
News/Events: We usually have between 6 and 12 people come to each meeting. We now have four meetings a year, 10-3 with lunch together. Some members travel a long way to meetings and some in the farthest reaches may wish for something a little closer.

Our meetings take place at different hospices each time. Members lead discussions/do presentations on prepared subjects though much time is given to informal news sharing and discussion on any relevant issues.