Hospice announces new Chief Executive

31st March 2017

St Richard’s Hospice has announced that the current Care Director, June Patel, is to take up her new role as Chief Executive of the Worcestershire charity at the end of May.

This will follow the retirement of Chief Executive Mark Jackson who is stepping down in May from his role after more than a decade at the helm.

Mrs Patel, from Droitwich, joined St Richard’s as Care Director in 2011 and has helped shape a wide range of developments in patient and family care for those living with life-limiting illnesses in the county.

As Care Director, Mrs Patel is currently the Care Quality Commission registered manager responsible for all the nursing and palliative care delivered by the clinical departments at St Richard’s Hospice.

“I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed the new Chief Executive of our wonderful hospice – a much loved charity that has grown over the last 33 years and which will continue to develop thanks to the dedicated board of governors, staff, volunteers and generous support and goodwill from our community. I have a real passion for local healthcare and I’m looking forward to building on the achievements which Mark has led over the last decade, putting our patients and their loved ones at the heart of all we do.”

Chair of St Richard’s Governors, John Bawden, said, “We are delighted that June will be our new Chief Executive as we look to extend our services to meet the needs of the community. She has enormous enthusiasm and experience which will contribute significantly to continuous improvements in the quality of care that the hospice provides for more than 2,500 patients and their loved ones every year.

He added, “On behalf of the board of governors I would also like to pay tribute to Mark Jackson for the tremendous impact he has had on St Richard’s since he joined in 2006.  I believe that June will continue to transform care for those affected by life-limiting illness in Worcestershire.”

Mrs Patel is a Registered Nurse (Adult) with a BSc (Hons) degree in Nursing and Masters Degree in Sociological Research in Healthcare from Warwick University. Her previous appointments in the NHS have included Managing Director / Executive Nurse of Shropshire Primary Care Trust, Director of Clinical Services and Nursing of South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust and Director of Nursing of Worcestershire Community and Mental Health Trust.

Mrs Patel recognised the need to raise the profile of hospice care and  palliative and end of life care in South Worcestershire and was a driving force behind the establishment of the Centre for Palliative Care in partnership with the University of Worcester in 2013.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.



Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.