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UK charities representing hospice sector to merge

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The trustees of two hospice organisations have agreed to work towards a merger, in order to “strengthen the voice” of the sector.

Moves to begin the process of merger were agreed by Hospice UK and the National Council for Palliative Care on Wednesday and announced today.

“Our organisations are joining forces to further strengthen the voice for excellent palliative and end of life care”

Ilora Finlay

A due diligence process and formal merger agreement is expected to take around three months.

The NCPC is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Hospice UK is the national charity specifically for hospice care, with more than 200 member organisations.

The boards have agreed that Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Hospice UK, will also become the acting chief executive of the NCPC from 31 May during the interim period before a merger is agreed.

Hospice UK also announced that Claire Henry, current chief executive of the NCPC, will be joining the Hospice UK team as its director of improvement and transformation in June this year.

Lord Michael Howard, chair of Hospice UK, said: “By collaborating directly with NCPC we can pool resources, share knowledge and expand our reach – and ultimately improve outcomes for the beneficiaries of end of life care.

“Given our shared goals and history of working together, this is a natural progression for our organisations,” she said. “I am very excited about this new chapter and the opportunities it will open up for everyone involved in hospice and palliative care.”

Professor Baroness Ilora Finlay

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Ilora Finlay

NCPC chair Baroness Ilora Finlay said she was “delighted” that the organisations were joining forces to “further strengthen the voice for excellent palliative and end of life care for all”.

“By coming together, we will continue to provide a clear vision and an even stronger voice for end of life care everywhere, because the most important person in end of life care is the person with the life limiting condition and their family,” she said.

“The voice of the person will be strengthened and broadened through direct communication with those providing care; together we are stronger as we take this vital work forward,” she added.

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  • Robert Becker

    Excellent news. Having worked with both these organisations in the past they are a natural fit together and will represent a powerful voice in the ear of the government just when its needed most.

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