We are proud to announce that we have launched our new strategy; ‘Measured Ambition’.
The strategy provides the foundations and priorities for the us over the next three years. It covers both Hospice and Rebecca House Children’s Hospice and has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, all of whose support and guidance is valued by the Board of Governors and Senior Leadership Team at Hospice.
The strategy intentionally sets out to strike a very careful balance between measured service developments, financial sustainability, and a recognition of the changing demographics in the Isle of Man.
John Knight, Chief Executive of Hospice Isle of Man, says, “We live with an ageing population in which people are living longer with multiple morbidities – demanding complex care often for longer periods. In brief, demand for hospice care is rising, and funds are increasingly hard to secure.
Quite rightly, the overarching premise is that we must first and foremost set out our strategic service ambitions for patients and their families, which in turn affects our workforce plan, then followed by the necessity to secure sustainable statutory and voluntary income to fund it all.”

The strategy also sets out the new vision for Hospice as “Excellence in palliative and end of life care for our Island community”, and states the ‘position’ on Island for the hospice to be the “Leaders for palliative and end of life care in the Isle of Man”. Achieving these ambitions is underpinned by a noted series of objectives that ensures Hospice focuses on clinical ambitions by enhancing it’s services. Central to all of this is ensuring the charity remains vibrant for the Island community well into the future, building further upon the past 40 successful years.
Chris Hall, Chairman of Hospice Isle of Man, says, “This new strategy reflects the combined and often opposing challenges that many Hospices face; the desire to provide an increased level of services to the very highest standards, whilst balancing unpredictable funding streams, a financially challenged economy and the pressures of rising costs. Add to this the ageing population and increasing demand for hospice care, and one finds ‘caution’ becoming a wise and necessary approach.”

John continues, “I say with the confidence built upon 38 years of voluntary sector experience, as a past Chief Executive of a large 31 bed UK Hospice and as a past Trustee of Hospice UK, that our Island’s Hospice is truly a world class facility, one which the Island community itself has created. We must cherish and safeguard it for all of our futures.”
The strategy document can be viewed here.

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