Treetops Hospice Care

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Treetops Hospice Care's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Treetops Hospice Care is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.treetopshospice.org.uk

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Chief Executive Julie Heath
Wellbeing cafe
Treetops Hospice Care provides nursing care and emotional
support for adults and their families across Derbyshire
and Nottinghamshire. CEO Julie Heath says the hospice’s
mission is simple: to support people with illnesses such as
cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis through
palliative care and respite. Julie tells
The Parliamentary Review
more about Treetops’ mission and wider UK hospice provision.
Since Dame Cicely Saunders started the modern hospice movement half a
century ago, around 220 hospices have been established across the UK. Treetops
Hospice Care is typical of many – started by an insightful local woman who was
disappointed in the end-of-life care given to her parents and who knew that people
deserved better.
There is a wide variety of hospice provision across the country, and to some extent
it is a postcode lottery. A modern hospice might not look the same as most people
imagine, and services have evolved over time, but Dame Cicely’s words are still at
the heart of our work:
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the
end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also
to live until you die.”
At Treetops, all services are provided free of charge and are not means tested. Our
150 staff are generously supported by 650 fully trained volunteers, including those
who work in our shops, assist with our lottery and fundraising, help in our kitchen
and cafés, and care for our patients. They also tend our beautiful 12-acre site,
where the new ecofriendly inpatient unit will give patients the option to die under
the stars or in the open air, if that is their wish.
FACTS ABOUT
TREETOPS HOSPICE CARE
»Chief Executive: Julie Heath
»Founded in 1982
»Located in Risley, Derbyshire
»Services: Hospice care
»No. of employees: Around 150
Treetops Hospice Care
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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48 | TREETOPS HOSPICE CARE
Chief Executive Julie Heath
Wellbeing cafe
Treetops Hospice Care provides nursing care and emotional
support for adults and their families across Derbyshire
and Nottinghamshire. CEO Julie Heath says the hospice’s
mission is simple: to support people with illnesses such as
cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis through
palliative care and respite. Julie tells
The Parliamentary Review
more about Treetops’ mission and wider UK hospice provision.
Since Dame Cicely Saunders started the modern hospice movement half a
century ago, around 220 hospices have been established across the UK. Treetops
Hospice Care is typical of many – started by an insightful local woman who was
disappointed in the end-of-life care given to her parents and who knew that people
deserved better.
There is a wide variety of hospice provision across the country, and to some extent
it is a postcode lottery. A modern hospice might not look the same as most people
imagine, and services have evolved over time, but Dame Cicely’s words are still at
the heart of our work:
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the
end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also
to live until you die.”
At Treetops, all services are provided free of charge and are not means tested. Our
150 staff are generously supported by 650 fully trained volunteers, including those
who work in our shops, assist with our lottery and fundraising, help in our kitchen
and cafés, and care for our patients. They also tend our beautiful 12-acre site,
where the new ecofriendly inpatient unit will give patients the option to die under
the stars or in the open air, if that is their wish.
FACTS ABOUT
TREETOPS HOSPICE CARE
»Chief Executive: Julie Heath
»Founded in 1982
»Located in Risley, Derbyshire
»Services: Hospice care
»No. of employees: Around 150
Treetops Hospice Care
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In the past year 1,833 people benefited
from our services, including patients
and their carers. Our current end-
of-life provision is provided through
hospice at home. This service is offered
365 days a year, supporting patients
and their carers during the last weeks
and days of life and often enabling
people to stay at home right to the
end – meeting their final wishes and
relieving pressure on hospitals.
This is me
Our wellbeing centre is bright,
welcoming and often full of laughter,
with a packed programme to support
people in the last year or so of life.
Our eight-week wellbeing programme
helps people manage their own
condition as best they can, with advice
on nutrition, pain management,
exercise, sleep and other practicalities.
We also hold a session called “this is me”
– encouraging people to think about
who they are, and not why they are at
the hospice. We have a men’s group,
spa days, crafts, chair-based exercise,
picnic and beach-themed weeks, and
walk-and-talk sessions forcarers.
Each Thursday we open the doors
to our wellbeing café – an easily
accessible way for anyone newly
diagnosed with a life-limiting illness to
take the first steps to seeking support
and information. Up to 50 people
attend each week.
We offer counselling for patients
and families. This service extends to
anyone who is bereaved, no matter
when the bereavement happened, and
whether or not they have had contact
with Treetops before. There are
complementary therapies – through
art, Indian head massage and reiki.
Our services are valued immensely
by the community we serve. As one
grateful carer put it: “The care provided
was outstanding … so generously given
and compassionate at all times.”
The fight for survival
At Treetops Hospice Care in
Derbyshire we face the challenge of
raising £8,300 every single day to
keep our doors open. The strapline
on our logo declares: “Where every
day counts.” Increasingly, it is
where every penny counts, too. We
understand the importance of being
a competitive business as much as
a compassionate charity. Treetops
has 17 shops, two cafés, a lottery
and a busy fundraising department.
We have to be enterprising and
innovative, competing with countless
other worthy charities for our share
ofdonations.
Hospice at home
Risley campus
The strapline
on our logo
declares:
“Where every
day counts.”
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Every day at our hospice is a fight for
survival: not just the personal battle
of each patient coming to terms with
the end of life, but an ongoing fight to
secure the future of the hospice itself.
Our hospices are under threat, and
financial sustainability is at the top of
the agenda for most chief executives
and their boards of trustees. Often,
we survive month by month. Some
hospices are facing closure due to their
financial position. Society is dealing
with demographic changes at present,
notably an increase in the number of
those who require end-of-life care and
those living with multiple long-term
conditions. This can put pressure on
the wider health community.
End-of-life care
The NHS at 71 is still a national
treasure, but we believe it focuses on
making people better, not on end-of-
life care. This has largely become the
domain of the third sector. Although
some hospices are funded in their
entirety by the NHS, it is more common
to find Community Commissioning
Groups which pay a fee for some of
the services offered.
On average, hospice care across the
country receives 32 per cent of its
funding from the state and 68 per cent
through fundraising. This means that,
collectively, charitable hospices in the
UK need to raise £2.8 million every day
– over one billion pounds per year.
In addition, we aim to raise £5 million
to build and establish a 12-bed
inpatient unit, the last piece of the
jigsaw to enable us to serve fully the
needs of our catchment population of
1.25 million people in South Derbyshire
and Nottinghamshire.
There is no government funding
available, so this is a huge fundraising
mountain to climb, but a vital one
nonetheless. A new unit will give
patients greater choice and assist the
management of local hospital beds.
We know that once the unit is open,
our daily fundraising will need to step
up to £12,000 for every day of the
year. This is a massive commitment
and a huge responsibility for a
medium-sized independent charity
like ours, and this challenge is
mirrorednationwide.
Speaking for the future
We have ambitious plans for the
future. Alongside building the
inpatient unit, we want to introduce
a wider conversation about death,
dying, loss and bereavement. Death
is often the elephant in the room, yet
it is something that will eventually
affect every one of us. Being able
to talk openly about preferences for
end-of-life care would be an important
step forward and bring peace of mind
tomany.
To quote Dame Cicely Saunders
again: “How people die remains in
the memory of those who live on.”
Dying well matters, and we believe you
cannot put a price on that.
Starlight Strut
Every day at
our hospice is
a fight for
survival: not
just the
personal
battle of each
patient
coming to
terms with the
end of life,
but an
ongoing fight
to secure the
future of the
hospice itself

www.treetopshospice.org.uk

This article was sponsored by Treetops Hospice Care. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development