National Lottery Community Fund post will support young people to transition between children and adult hospice services

November 2, 2020

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity are delighted to announce the appointment of Transition Coordinator, Kristie Foreman. The National Lottery Community Fund is providing funding for three years, building on a project which the three Hospices collaborated on in 2019.

During 2019, three collaborative events took place at each respective hospice. These welcomed young people and their families to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice for the first time, introducing them to the support still available to them as they reach the age of 18.

The ongoing partnership project is designed to support young people with life limiting illness in their transition to adult hospice services before they reach 18, which is the age limit for EACH’s services.

Kristie will work across all three Hospices, additionally liaising with schools, acute and community care providers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, to provide holistic management plans for young people and their families. As Transition Coordinator, she will help set up events, give support and guidance, and provide a single point of contact for young people and their families.

Families who have been through this transition have told us what a hugely difficult time it can be.  The project aims to ensure that they feel well prepared for the transition, are supported through this period (and beyond) and that they have someone that they can ask for help in navigating these changes to their care.

Kristie adds: “I am thrilled to be working as part of a team with all three Hospices, supporting young people and their families with the process of transition from paediatric to adult hospice services.”

Director of Clinical Service at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Sara Robins, comments: “I am very excited to be supporting Kristie in her new role. This builds on the work the Hospices have already done in 2019 to engage more with young people and their families so they understand what adult Hospices have to offer. Feedback we received from our engagement events in 2019 highlighted the need for age appropriate activities, complementary therapy and family support to enable young people and their families to feel empowered to start moving through transition to adult services from children’s services.”

Susan Shackleton, Head of Clinical Services at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, said: “We are looking forward to working with Kristie in the months ahead. We have really enjoyed collaborating with EACH and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity over the past few years, and we look forward to introducing young people in Cambridgeshire to our adult hospice services. By working together, we can make sure we are there when it matters for local young people and their families. It is important that young people feel supported and are able to transition smoothly to adult hospices.”

Mike Higgins, EACH Milton Service Manager, concludes: “We’re all delighted the lottery has chosen to fund this essential post. Having funding for three years means we can make sure young people and their families supported by EACH get the very best possible send-off to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity or Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, feeling assured the service they receive from us, which is so vital to them, will continue into adult hospice services. It has been great to rapidly develop our ties with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice over the last year or so. The creation of this unique post puts us in a really strong position moving forward and we’re delighted to have Kristie on board.”

Families who may benefit from the service and wish to speak to Kristie Foreman are welcome to make contact with her through one of the three Hospices.