Hospice at Home West Cumbria (HHWC) is one of more than 200 charitable hospices across the UK taking part in Hospice Care Week (4 – 8 October) an awareness campaign led by the national hospice and end of life care charity, Hospice UK.

As part of Hospice Care Week, today we present an insight into the role of our Director of Clinical Services, Lorraine Dixon and what her day to day responsibilities are.

My role behind the teams is overseeing the operational management of the Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s Clinical Services; Home Nursing, Support at Home, Specialist Lymphoedema Service, Family and Bereavement, Clinical Administration and Single Point of Access.

I provide leadership to staff; supporting the development of clinical services and clinical practice and work alongside the CEO in providing strategic leadership to the hospice workforce, in collaboration with the Hayley McKay; Director of Funding and Communications.

I support the clinical teams to develop in an integrated way; making the best use of resources to enable collaborative working with clinical colleagues in the NHS and other stakeholders in End of Life Care.

My day to day “operational responsibilities” include supporting staff to adopt a fully integrated, holistic team approach to delivering high quality adaptable patient and client led services.

In a wellbeing capacity, I provide support for staff, both on-going and in challenging situations, creating an environment where staff feel safe, supported, and valued.

Outside of work, my passion is walking with my family and dogs – the “Great Outdoors” gives me pure enjoyment and a personal escape!”

For more information on Hospice Care Week or to make a donation please click on the ‘Donate Now’ button, email info@hhwc.org.uk  or call 01900 873173.