Eileen White has been appointed as the new director of care at Haven House Children’s Hospice in Essex.
It follows a period as interim director of care, which began last September following the retirement of Christine Twomey.
“I am extremely excited about the future vision of Haven House particularly our plans to develop our hospice at home model”
Ms White has over 25 years’ experience in acute, tertiary and community nursing as well as expertise in paediatric palliative care.
Prior to the appointment, Ms White worked at the hospice in Woodford Green for over three years as a nurse practice educator.
Since 2003, Haven House Children’s Hospice has provided palliative and holistic care for over 600 babies, children and young people who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
The hospice currently serves North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire. As well as end of life care, it provides a range of services to families including planned respite and services designed to improve emotional and physical wellbeing.
Haven House plans to increase the number of children that it supports to 500 each year by the end of the decade, as part of a five-year strategy called Vision 2020.
It also wants to expand its community services to include a “hospice at home” service for life-limited children, young people and their families.
Ms White said: “I am extremely excited about the future vision of Haven House particularly our plans to develop our hospice at home model.
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“This will build on the foundations laid over the last 13 years,” she said. “My priority remains to provide the highest quality palliative and holistic care services whenever and wherever our families need them.”
Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House, said: “We are delighted that Eileen is now our new director of care.
“She has immense expertise, professionalism and skill in the field of paediatric palliative care and we look forward to a bright future under her leadership of the care team,” he added.