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Hospice appoints nurse turned NHS manager to help it ‘expand’

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An NHS leader, who is a registered nurse and health visitor, has been appointed as a new trustee for an end-of-life care provider in West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

St Clare Hospice has welcomed Deborah Fielding to support the governance of the charity and further its work to support people at the end of their lives.

“I have often encountered the hospice’s great work and it is an exciting time to be joining”

Deborah Fielding

Ms Fielding brings with her over 40 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, having started her career as a nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

She has also worked as a midwife and health visitor, before she moved into health service management. She maintains her registration as both an adult nurse and health visitor.

Ms Fielding was the chief executive of the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group until January 2018 when she took up the post of leader of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Her chief executive role has seen her leading the continued transformation of health and social care services across the area of Hertfordshire and West Essex, which includes the area that St Clare Hospice supports.

Speaking on her appointment, Ms Fielding said she was “delighted” to have been asked to become a trustee at the hospice which she described as a “place of hope and inspiration like no other”.

“I have often encountered the hospice’s great work and it is an exciting time to be joining St Clare Hospice – a charity with an ambitious strategy to increase its impact within the local community,” she added.

Ms Fielding also highlighted how she would incorporate her nursing and healthcare background into her new role.

“I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience to help the hospice increase their referral rates and support more people, ensuring patients and their families are able to access skilled, compassionate and sensitive care in a place of their choice,” she said.

The hospice has also appointed an experienced fundraiser, Mark Astarita, as a trustee alongside Ms Fielding.

He was previously a trustee at the Voluntary Services Overseas and St Joseph’s Hospice based in Hackney.

“These two new members bring substantial and wide-ranging skills and experience”

Sarah Thompson

Commenting on the arrival of the two new trustees, chief executive at St Clare, Sarah Thompson, said the hospice is “thrilled” the pair have joined the board in their new voluntary roles.

“These two new members bring substantial and wide-ranging skills and experience from the healthcare and charitable sectors – including Debbie’s NHS executive experience,” she said.

Ms Thompson said they would “serve as vital members” at the hospice as it plans to “grow and extend” its services in the coming months and years.

She added: “We are delighted to be working with both Debbie and Mark and are extremely grateful for the time and expertise which they will be bringing to the board as, like all our trustees, unpaid and highly skilled volunteers.”

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