NORTH-WEST ENGLAND AND NORTH WALES
(North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, and west of the Pennines up to Cumbria)
Rep: Chris Cheeseman.
Tel: 07803 759865
Our next Regional Group Meeting will be on Wednesday 17th July, from 12.00 noon to 3.00, at East Cheshire Hospice, Macclesfield. The theme for the day will be Dementia Services.
SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND AND SOUTH WALES
(SW England and South Wales, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset)
Rep: Ann Fulton
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.
Our next meeting is on March 12th at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.
(Scotland, including the Northern and Western Isles)
Rep: Margery Collin, Strathcarron Hospice, Denny.
Tel: 07921 551885
We have about fifteen active members, with a typical attendance of eight to ten when we meet, three times a year. We take it turns to act as host, and to travel to each other’s hospice or unit, often travelling considerable distances to do so!
Our meetings are usually 10:30 to 3.30, and include a presentation and discussion, time for reflection, resource sharing and peer support.
Dates of future meetings
Thursday 19 September – St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh
AHPCC Scottish Branch Meeting, 12 June 2019 at Highland Hospice, Inverness
We were made very welcome at our recent meeting, when nine of us met at Highland Hospice in Inverness, most of us making the 350-mile round trip by train to do so.
Kathryn, Highland Hospice’s head of patient services, made a point of being there to welcome us, as we enjoyed some excellent bacon rolls, and then Paula, one of the hospice social workers, spoke about setting up a new hospice-led homecare service (Highland Hospice covers a vast remote and rural area, at 10,000 square miles it’s a third of Scotland, and there are service shortages in many areas). This is part of the hospice’s new emphasis on developing community-based care partnerships that support local groups while leaving them with overall ownership.
Norma, the chaplain, described other developments in bereavement care (including partnership with other groups, a walking group, a cookery course, and more open ‘Time to Remember’ events, again seeking to make hospice services more widely available. This led on to general discussion of other initiatives that are taking place elsewhere in Scotland (including an art group, other walking groups, children’s service partnerships, and revisiting the 2003 Standards as a basis for staff training in spiritual care).
After a tour of the redeveloped hospice (it re-opened at the end of 2016) and lunch, Iain Telfer joined us to promote the PROM (Patient-Reported Outcome Measures) project, looking for more hospices to take part. PROMs are quite common in healthcare, but the one the AHPCC is involved with is a world first in spiritual care. There is a pressing and increasing need to justify chaplaincy provision within healthcare, and the PROM is proving to be effective in provide the solid evidence needed, the evidence base needs to be considerably wider.
We looked at several issues related to the PROM, and Iain was able to reassure us over one or two concerns (NB if you would like more information about participating in the PROM project, Iain is willing to meet with other regional groups).
That concluded our time together, and it was time (for most) for the three-hour return journey down through the Cairngorms – a day very well-spent.
(Northern Ireland and Donegal)
Rep: Doreen Draffin, Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast
Tel: 44 2890 781836
We meet three or four times a year, taking it in turn to act as host. Each meeting begins with a short reflection, followed by a teaching focus, time for discussion and fellowship over a meal.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 26th February, at NI Hospice, North Belfast.