Dorothy House Hospice Care based in Winsley, Wiltshire announces two new senior promotions.

Wayne de Leeuw has been promoted to the joint role of director of patient, family services and deputy chief executive of Dorothy House and Ruth Gretton has been promoted to director of nursing. Wayne was previously executive clinical lead for community services at the hospice and Ruth Gretton’s prior role was executive clinical lead inpatient services at Dorothy House.

The hospice provides free palliative and end of life care from early diagnosis onwards to patients, their families and carers across Bath and North-East Somerset (BANES), Wiltshire and Somerset. Providing hospice services requires significant funds and for every one pound received from the NHS, Dorothy House need to raise a further four pounds.

In his new role as lead director, Wayne de Leeuw, will ensure the integration of the hospice’s clinical and medical thinking, the development of services and the creation of new models of care to meet the rising demand for palliative care across the hospice’s region. As deputy chief executive, Wayne’s role also reflects the wider impact and influence of his Directorate.

Ruth Gretton as the new director of nursing at Dorothy House will continue to drive the hospice’s ‘Outstanding’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) accreditation as well as assuming additional responsibilities for the professional development of all nursing and clinical facing departments.

Ruth as director of nursing and Dr Tricia Needham as medical director will both continue to report to John Davies, chief executive and CQC registered manager, thus ensuring that their disciplines and individual directorates are represented and enfranchised.

John Davies, chief executive at Dorothy House Hospice Care commented: “These two new appointments recognise the outstanding quality of both Wayne and Ruth’s leadership and the strong performances of their teams in recent years. On behalf of the hospice, I congratulate them both on their well-deserved appointments and exciting new roles.”

Wayne de Leeuw, director of patient, family services and deputy chief executive at Dorothy House Hospice Care commented: “This is both an exciting and challenging time to be working in hospice care. The model that has sustained us over the past several years needs to be reviewed and new partnerships, alliances and financial contracts forged to ensure that people continue to receive outstanding end of life care and support. Our new strategy, due to be launched in the autumn, provides the perfect platform for this work.”