Countess Mountbatten House, a much valued hospice based at the Moorgreen Hospital site in West End, Southampton, provides expert care for patients at the end of their lives and support for their families across Southampton and the surrounding communities in Hampshire.
The hospice has been diligently supported by the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity over the past forty years.
From 1 October 2018, a new partnership is forming to run the hospice and increase the fundraising capabilities.
Mountbatten, the charity responsible for running the Mountbatten Hospice and other end of life services on the Isle of Wight, will be partnering with the existing team at the Countess Mountbatten House and charity team.
The partnership is a result of an invitation from Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, which currently runs the hospice, to manage the service. Mountbatten’s hospice on the Isle of Wight is rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission and has been recognised as a leading hospice nationally.
The focus of the work at Countess Mountbatten House will be working with the local community and NHS commissioners to enhance the service available to patients, such as the bereavement service available to families and support for patients who would prefer to remain at home.
Mountbatten will also be sharing its expertise and leadership to help boost the fundraising campaign for Countess Mountbatten House. Mountbatten’s fundraising work on the Isle of Wight will remain separate to its new partnership with Countess Mountbatten House. This means money raised by the public for Countess Mountbatten House will go towards Countess Mountbatten Hospice. The same arrangement will apply for Mountbatten’s existing fundraising work on the Isle of Wight.
From April 2019 Mountbatten will be working directly with local NHS CCGs on the provision of specialist palliative care and end of life care from Countess Mountbatten House. Up to that point they will continue to work with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive Officer of Mountbatten Isle of Wight, welcomed the news:
“On behalf of all at Mountbatten, I would like to say how delighted we are to lead this exciting new partnership. Over the past three years, we have developed our Isle of Wight hospice into a national leader in end of life care through successful innovation and community engagement. Our outstanding rating with the Care Quality Commission is testament to the hard work of our staff, volunteers and members of our local community and it shows what is possible when people work closely together in partnership. We look forward to working with and supporting our Southampton and wider Hampshire partners to further develop high quality services for their local communities and continuing to bring much-needed care and generosity to all those needing support during death, dying and bereavement.”
Dr Mark Kelsey, Clinical Chair at NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, spoke on behalf of local NHS CCGs:
“Countess Mountbatten House is much-loved and valued by the local community. This new partnership will build on that work and we look forward to working with Mountbatten to make sure local people at the end of their lives, and their families, receive outstanding care and support.”
Jane Hayward, director of transformation and improvement at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are extremely proud of the high level of specialist end of life care delivered at Countess Mountbatten House hospice as part of our palliative care service. While the hospice will now be run by Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity and Mountbatten independently, we will continue our close relationship throughout this period of transition and beyond.”
Sue Hill, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity said:
“Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity (CMHC) are delighted to be partnering with Mountbatten Isle of Wight in taking over the running of Countess Mountbatten House from University Hospital Southampton.
“CMHC has supported the hospice since its conception in 1977 and are excited to be able to play an even bigger role in its future
“Trustees and staff of the charity see this change as a positive step in ensuring even more people with a life-limiting illness receive excellent end of life and hospice care across Southampton and Hampshire”