St Oswald’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to babies, children, young people and adults with life limiting conditions from across the North East of England. Established in 1986, we have gained a local, national and international reputation for providing first class outstanding quality care. As a charity, our vision is to provide excellence in care for those with incurable conditions, ensuring everyone in our region gets expert, dignified and compassionate care when they need it, and our values reflect the way we deliver this.
We offer a range of adult services including an inpatient unit; a Focus on Living Centre which offers day hospice, therapeutic activities and one-to-one sessions; outpatient services; Lymphoedema management and outreach. We follow a team approach – including consultants, doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplaincy, bereavement support, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and complementary therapists. We also care for babies, children and young adults with progressive, life shortening and life-threatening conditions. We are fortunate to be part of the wider healthcare system in the North East and as part of this we have developed a palliative care research programme with Hospices North East, and Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.
Together, we will make the most of time and improve quality of life for everyone in the North East living with an incurable condition, and their families.
Together, with the vital support of our staff, volunteers, donors and supporters, we will continue to develop and grow our services so that everyone in our region gets expert, dignified and compassionate care when they need it.
We launched our ‘Vision 2025' plan in response to the growing demand on our services.
Our Vision 2025 initiative sets out our strategic objectives which are:
- To continuously improve the quality and efficiency of the services that we provide to our patients and their families.
- To lead the development of palliative care services within the region by working more closely with other organisations.
- To work with staff and volunteers to deliver excellent services through our commitment to individual development.
- To work flexibly, always seeking to maintain financial stability.
The strategic objectives outline our direction of travel and underpin the set of actions as agreed as follows:
- To develop expertise in life-limiting conditions.
- To expand the children’s hospice and facilitate independent living for young adults.
- To develop a family support service for carers and bereaved adults and children.
- To develop a funded, community-based network of lymphoedema services.
- To lead the development of a North East palliative care education centre.
- To create alliances with other local providers to increase access to palliative care.
- To ensure coordinated out-of-hours palliative care and advice is available across the region.
To find out how we’re working to achieve our objectives, please view our Annual Report.