Longfield Hospice has appointed Sue Parris as its new care director.
Sue, a registered nurse will lead the hospice’s care services from its Minchinhampton headquarters, including ‘Hospice at Home’, which enables patients with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for in their own homes.
Boasting 20 years’ leadership experience, and an MSc in health care management, Sue has managed health services across South Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Bristol. She comes to Longfield from Sirona, where she managed community-based nurses and therapists in south Gloucestershire.
On her appointment, Sue said: “Delivering quality end-of-life care has been a passion throughout my career. I was responsible for implementing the Respect document in south Gloucestershire. It’s a set of recommendations for a person’s end-of-life care and treatment, focusing on what matters to them.
“Encouraging people to talk about their wishes in their last weeks and months is vital. It means healthcare providers deliver the care people want, as well as the care they need. That’s what Longfield does so brilliantly.
“Right now, as we navigate the Covid pandemic, community hospices have never been more important. As well as easing strain on the NHS, we are helping families say goodbye to loved ones – which might not be possible in a hospital setting.
“I’m looking forward to building on the great care that Longfield already offers, ensuring more patients and carers across Gloucestershire get quality care and support when they need it most.”