Horley hospice director of nursing appointed to key national committee post (From This Is Local London)
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Horley hospice director of nursing appointed to key national committee post
11:44am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A Horley hospice director of nursing has been appointed the deputy chairman of a key national care committee.
Gina Starnes, director of nursing at St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, which serves the East Surrey area, has been appointed to the deputy chairman's post of the newly-formed Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative Care (ECLiHP).
Ms Starnes, who has lived in Horley for 16 years, has been a nurse for 28 years - 18 of them working to support the best possible end-of-life care for patients and their families. She joined St Catherine’s in 1998 and in 2011 she received a Masters in Hospice Leadership. She has since used her skills and experience to plan and implement service developments at the hospice in Southgate, Crawley.
Now she will be helping head the newly-formed peer support network group created by Help the Hospices to provide a forum for executive clinical leaders engaged in the strategic plans and operational delivery of hospice and palliative care. The core purpose of the group is to help executive clinical leads to plan for the future of hospice care, provide peer support and a network in which to share innovations and best practice, and to provide a clear and convincing voice relating to clinical service planning and delivery.
Gina said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to the role of deputy chair for ECLiHP. “I am a firm advocate of collaboration, communication and sharing of good practice, not only amongst the St Catherine’s teams, but also with other organisations concerned with end-of-life care. “ She said: “Over the years, I have built up a personal network of clinical lead colleagues, which has enabled me to benefit from others’ skills and experience, as well as sharing my own.
“I thoroughly look forward to undertaking this voluntary role, whilst continuing to lead on end-of-life care issues at St Catherine’s.”