“Fit for the future” – the Ayrshire Hospice Annual Overview 2014/15

“Fit for the future” – the Ayrshire Hospice Annual Overview 2014/15

Posted on 16 December 2015 by Gabrielle Coyle

The Ayrshire Hospice has published its annual overview for 2014/15 entitled “Fit for the future”. Reporting on figures from April 2014 – March 2015, the overview shows that the hospice had 1,136 referrals last year and provides an update on the wide range of hospice services and fundraising activities. The contribution made by employed and voluntary staff is also highlighted, illustrating the roles that over 190 staff and almost 700 volunteers play in delivering outstanding hospice care to patients with life-limiting illness, and their families.

During 2014-15, the Ayrshire Hospice touched the lives of many patients and families:

  • A total of 1,136 referrals made to the hospice from across Ayrshire
    • 507 referrals from North Ayrshire
    • 496 referrals from South Ayrshire
    • 133 referrals from East Ayrshire
  • 225 of those referrals were admitted to the in-patient unit
  • 113 were discharged from the in-patient unit
  • 2,536 day service places allocated
  • 4,279 visits were made to patients in the community
  • 798 referrals were made to the hospital palliative care team
  • 2746 review visits were made by the hospital palliative care team

Mandy Yule, Chief Executive of the Ayrshire Hospice comments: “Fit for the future is an apt title for this year’s overview, as much of 2014/15 was spent reviewing and consolidating our services, researching and ensuring that we have a clear understanding of the landscape before us, and considering how we can best serve the people of Ayrshire in years to come. Indeed, our fit for the future focus will continue into 2016 as we progress our accommodation review, ensuring our facilities meet our space requirements and that our accommodation allows us to enhance the services we provide now and into the future. A pay and benefits review will also ensure the hospice remains financially sustainable going forward, offering sector-comparable terms and conditions to our staff that are fair and equitable, whilst also acknowledging and rewarding their valuable skills, experience and knowledge. As a charity it is vital that we live within our means and that we spend our income wisely. We must guarantee our partners and supporters value for money and must look to maximise current valuable resources - helping to safe guard and improve the quality of our services, whilst remaining an employer of choice”.

Nationally, the number of patients needing high quality, palliative and end of life care has been growing. The Ayrshire Hospice now cares for many hundreds of patients per year. Society is ageing and the consequences for health and social care systems are significant. In partnership with the University of the West of Scotland, and the three Ayrshire Health and Social Care partnerships, the hospice will continue to look for and implement adaptable, new ways of caring and find innovative ways of working. The hospice aims to reach out to the Ayrshire community, build resilience and flexible skills that will provide excellent care and support fit for the future, delivered where patients and families want it, when they need it.

Mandy Yule states: “We are confident that through our programme of review, ambition, partnership working, adaptability and community focus, we will be able to continue to deliver the free, excellent, person-centred care and services for which we are renowned and so privileged to provide. By making today matter, we are determined to be fit for the future.”

During 2014-15, it cost almost £7.4million to fund all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services - equating to approximately £20,000 per day. Income received was £7,361,003 including over £1million of bequests and legacies left to the hospice by people in their Wills. NHS Ayrshire & Arran provided welcome partnership funding of over £2.6million and the Ayrshire Hospice shops network generated the next highest income stream of almost £845,000. This was closely followed by the popular hospice events programme which brought in just over £812,000.

Mandy adds: “Of course, none of what we achieved during 2014-15 would have been possible without the unswerving, fundraising support of the Ayrshire community, who provided us with over £4.3million last year in voluntary income, to help meet the running costs of the hospice. Their dedication allows us to continue to provide our patient-centred services, free of charge, to patients and their families across Ayrshire and we thank them for their loyalty, passion and commitment”.

Recently retired Chairman of the Ayrshire Hospice Board of Directors and signatory on the annual overview, Dr John Elliott comments: “Looking to the future, and as retiring Chair, I am delighted that the hospice Board has given unanimous support to Mrs Sheena Cochrane who has now succeeded me as Board Chair. Sheena knows the hospice very well having served on the Board and its various governance committees since 2004. She brings with her a wealth of healthcare experience from her previous professional roles. Moreover she possesses the essential skills and, fundamentally, the right values to lead the Board in fulfilling the hospice’s stated mission and in pursuit of its strategic aims and ambitions. I have left the hospice in very safe hands and I wish Sheena, the Board Directors, hospice staff and volunteers every success for the future!”

Read our Annual Overview for 2014-15.