Wolfson receive the 'Outstanding Contribution to Hospice Care 2017' Award

Wolfson receive the 'Outstanding Contribution to Hospice Care 2017' Award

November 2017

We were delighted to receive the 'Outstanding Contribution to Hospice Care 2017' Award from Hospice UK on 23rd November. 

The award was received by Natasha Wright, our Programme Manager (Science & Medicine, Health & Disability) at the Hospice UK conference in Liverpool.

According to Hospice UK, "This award is given to an organisation that has shown significant generosity and commitment over a number of years. 

Hospice UK has worked in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation since 1989 to support hospice care and it has funded a bursary programme with the charity since 2002. Through this partnership, the Wolfson Foundation has funded a huge range of bursaries for people working in palliative care in the UK and internationally. This longstanding investment in workforce development has helped promote excellence in hospice care and ensured those working at the frontline are supported and confident to deliver the best possible care for people at the end of life, as well as their carers and families.

The specialist knowledge and practical skills gained through attending courses have enabled hospice professionals to develop their skills and knowledge, including how to support new patients with complex conditions.

In 2017 there are two types of bursary available - one for hospice staff and one for care home nurses and healthcare assistants.   The education bursaries enable staff to attend events which will help them to improve the quality of end of life care for their residents, patients and families."

What the judges said: “The partnership between The Wolfson Foundation and Hospice UK is one of our longest and most valued supporters. We have been overwhelmed by the dedication and generosity of the Foundation’s trustees and the support of their staff to hospice care over the years.  Their support really has made an incredible difference to Hospice UK’s work”. 

The Foundation has shown its commitment to palliative care by helping to support the very first hospice, St Christopher's, and over the past decade has awarded nearly £9.5million to 117 hospices. £2.3 million has also been committed to a bursary programme for palliative care staff (in partnership with Hospice UK) since 2002 and various awards have been made for research, including to help create the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre which opened in Hull earlier in the autumn.  This award has been gratefully received by all at the Wolfson Foundation.