Cynthia Spencer Hospice provides specialist palliative care services for South Northamptonshire, our sister hospice, Cransley Hospice provides similar services for the North of the county.
At Cynthia Spencer Hospice we provide inpatient care, outpatient services, Hospice@Home, lymphoedema service and palliative care clinical nurse specialist service. We have two specialist Consultants in palliative medicine, a team of doctors and specialist nurses working within the Hospice and the community as well as in Northampton General Hospital and Danetre Hospital in Daventry.
Referrals for our Hospice services are usually made via a patient's GP, district nurse or hospital Consultant and nurses.
We offer specialist physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to those with life limiting illnesses. Our focus is on quality of life and respecting the uniqueness of each person.
The specialist palliative care service is jointly funded by the Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The cost of running the hospice is over £2.4 million, a large part of which comes from the generous support of local companies and individuals throughout the county.
Cynthia Spencer Hospice owes its origin to the formation of a Northampton committee which was set up in 1972 to provide cancer relief in Northamptonshire and to raise funds for continuing care. Under the inspired leadership of the late Dr Ben Jolles, by the end of 1975 the committee had raised enough funds to build an in-patient facility of 25 beds which was then opened by the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in May 1976.
At the time Cynthia Spencer Hospice was one of the first modern hospices in the country. The 7th Earl Spencer agreed to be Patron of the committee, and Cynthia Spencer House (as it was then called) was named after his late wife, Lady Cynthia Spencer DCVO OBE.
The Cynthia Spencer House Trust was set up to provide continued support for the unit, and in the next decade it led to a fundraising campaign to build a day unit which was opened by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1985. In 1990 the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice were formed, to raise funds to support the Hospice patients and to raise the profile of the Hospice in the local community.
During the late 1990s it soon became clear that the facilities at the Hospice fell well below those needed to provide a modern and acceptable standard of care. The sale of part of the land on which the Hospice stood created a unique opportunity to develop new facilities.
The allocation of money from the sale of the land however fell short of the £10 million total project cost so a fundraising campaign for the balance of £1.5 million was launched. The people of Northamptonshire took the campaign to their hearts and generously donated the required amount and the new hospice building as we know it today was opened in 2005. The two charities merged in April 2014 to become the Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity.
In 2014 the two charities that have supported Cynthia Spencer Hospice for several decades between them - Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Cynthia Spencer Charitable Trust merged to become one streamlined fundraising body fit for the 21st Century.
Pam Nock who was appointed Chair of the newly formed Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity explains why the Trustees and board members of both charities voted for the merger:
“ Having two charities fund raising for the same hospice has always been a little confusing. We all agreed that merging made total sense and would help to rule out any future confusion for patients, staff, carers and the ever supportive local community. We had all been aware for sometime that raising money effectively required change, and in order to meet those changes, then we as a fundraising body needed to alter how we operated too, which I think we now have."
Currently the NHS contributes 70% of the running costs of the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, with the remaining 30% being raised through charitable donations to the Hospice's Charity. In 2016/17, the Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity will need to raise in excess of £1.1 million to help maintain the current excellent standard of care and services the Hospice provides to its patients and their families. As well as sustaining the current service the new Charity will be working closely with Cransley Hospice Trust (our Kettering based sister hospice) to increase community based support to patients in their own homes.
“ We are so delighted to have finally become one all encompassing charity, as it means we are now well positioned to meet all the challenges of the next decade and beyond ”
-Pam Nock, Chair of Trustees
Specialist Palliative Care Service Manager Richard Glasspool said; "The charitable support the Hospice has received from both charities over the years has been invaluable. Without that support the Hospice would not be the warm, caring place that our patients and their families experience today. The merger will now help us face the immense challenge we have ahead with a unified vision and objective; to help the Hospice provide the very best of care for our local community."
The Registered Charity Number of the Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity is 1002926
The aim of the Northamptonshire End of Life Care Practice Development team is to make a real and sustained difference to end of life care through education, collaboration and commitment.
The team has been awarded the Skills for Health Quality Mark, which endorses superior delivery of learning and training. They are the first team linked with Hospices to be awarded this quality mark.
Whether it’s advice or dedicated training sessions, our practice development team based at the Hospice work across health and social care to provide:
If you have any queries or require further information please contact the team Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm on 01604 678153 / email@example.com.
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End of Life Care Practice Development Team Leader
RGN, Dip (Ed), BA (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education, MSc Health Care Practice
Amanda commenced her career within ITU and general medicine. As a ward sister at Leicester Royal infirmary (LRI) she developed an interest in palliative care and went on to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at the LRI and Kettering General Hospital. After working in New Zealand for a time, Amanda now leads the Practice Development Team and maintains her clinical skills by working as a Community CNS and within the hospice.
End of Life Care Facilitator
Diploma of Higher Education (RN), BA (Hons) Palliative Care, Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care, Certificate in Education and Training.
Hayley qualified as a registered nurse in 1999 and commenced work at Cynthia Spencer Hospice in 2001 after some time spent working within an acute surgical ward and ITU step-down unit at Northampton General Hospital. She joined the Practice Development team in 2012 and continues to maintain her clinical skills through working within the hospice inpatient unit and the Northamptonshire Hospice at Home Team.
Maxine provides part-time administrative support to the Practice Development Team. She joined in 2012. Her duties include taking bookings for courses, ordering and general admin duties. She has many years of experience in the NHS, qualifying as an RGN in 1985 and has enjoyed a varied career both in nursing and administration.
Our associate facilitators have a wealth of senior nurse experience and currently work in a range of clinical settings within Specialist Palliative Care. They support the Practice Development Team in the delivery of high quality education.