Could you be a trustee for Prospect Hospice?

By Anita Jaynes on 12 March, 2019

Prospect Hospice has been providing end-of-life care to people with life-limiting or terminal illness in Swindon and north east Wiltshire for nearly 40 years.

They help people cope with everything that this would affect including their physical, emotional and social needs. Prospect Hospice prides itself on the clinical services that do this, but also the non-clinical services including reaching our to families and carers.

The charity is currently undergoing a time of positive change and is currently recruiting a Chair of their trustee board. The board of trustees is responsible for the management and administration of the charity.

“Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth-most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.” (Trustee Week 2018)

‘The board is legally accountable for the activities of the hospice. The role of the board has five main parts:

1. To lead the hospice, establish its mission, vision and values and ensure it has a clear purpose and an overall framework of policies and standards.

2. To develop overall strategies to achieve the hospice’s aims and ensure there is a clear system to delegate implementation of the strategies to the chief executive and the staff team.

3. To monitor the performance of the hospice against standards and ensure that it provides the highest quality of care, balanced with the effective, efficient and economic use of the hospice’s resources and assets.

4.To ensure compliance with the law and accountability to the hospice’s stakeholders.

5. To ensure that the board itself performs effectively and contains people with the skills and experience it needs and makes plans to ensure the recruitment, induction and development of new trustees.’

The role is suitable for someone with proven leadership skills to guide Prospect Hospice and its board to achieve its aims and priorities. Someone with experience of chairing meetings and managing a board or similar group, would be ideal.

David Barrand, Vice Chair, Prospect Hospice said, “I have been on the Prospect Hospice Board of Trustees for 8 years and I am continually impressed by the professional yet caring environment that Prospect Hospice provides. I’ve had a number of close friends and relatives who have benefited from the care there, so being Vice Chair is a great way for me, as a local resident to give back to my local hospice and community. By joining us as Chair of our Board you will enable us to develop as an organisation and continue to improve our services. We’re looking for someone who has strong leadership skills, but also someone who is keen to learn about our hospice and has the confidence to lead a board of trustee’s with a wide array of skills and experience”.

If you are interested in helping a leading local charity and community hospice care for people at the end of their life, contact Siobhan Acott for more information. Call 01793 816119, email  and visit the Prospect Hospice website.

The closing date for applications is Friday 19th April 2019.