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: louise.moore@ghhospicecare.org.uk
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/EventsAt 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: stig.graham@mytonhospice.org
News/Events:Next meeting
Date : Tuesday 14th November
Venue : Severn Hospice
Parking : Main car park, please sign in at Reception.
Meeting times : Refreshments from 10.30am for an 11am start, finishes by 3pm

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.
Northern Ireland
Area Covered:The whole of Northern Ireland
Regional Rep:Matthew Hagan, Southern Area Hospice, Newry.
Phone: 02837 568619
Email: mhhagan@hotmail.com
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.

Next meeting:
Date : Tuesday 6th February 2018.
Venue : Bolton Hospice, BL1 4QT
Meeting times : 12pm start, finishes by 3pm

Lunch provided, but please let John Hall know if you require lunch and any dietary requirements you may have.
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.
South East England
Area Covered:Kent and East Sussex
Regional Rep:Nicholas Roddis, Martletts Hospice
Phone: 01273 273400
Email: nicholas.roddis@martlets.org.uk
News/Events:At present, the group holds occasional events, and individual members also link up informally.
Southern England
Area Covered:Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Regional Rep:Jane Walker
Phone: 01252 729442
Email: Jane.Walker@pth.org.uk
News/Events:
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
Email: sally.bedborough@weld-hospice.org.uk
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: david.buck@suerydercare.org
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.