Hospice UK and NCPC boards agree to begin process of merger

Mar 31, 2017

On Wednesday 29 March, the trustee boards of both Hospice UK and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) agreed to work towards the merger between the two organisations.

The process of due diligence and formal merger agreement is expected to take around three months.

The boards have agreed that Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, will become the Acting CEO of NCPC from May 31st during the interim period before a merger is agreed. Hospice UK also announced that Claire Henry MBE, current Chief Executive of NCPC, will be joining the Hospice UK team as Director of Improvement and Transformation in June this year.

Michael Howard, Lord Howard of Lympne, Chair of Hospice UK, said:

“Everyone has the right to the very best end of life care and support, wherever they live, and whatever their condition. As the national voice of hospice care in the UK, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of care received by those reaching the end of life. By collaborating directly with NCPC we can pool resources, share knowledge and expand our reach – and ultimately improve outcomes for the beneficiaries of end of life care. Given our shared goals and history of working together, this is a natural progression for our organisations. I am very excited about this new chapter and the opportunities it will open up for everyone involved in hospice and palliative care.”

Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Chair of NCPC, said:

“I’m delighted that our organisations are joining forces to further strengthen the voice for excellent palliative and end of life care for all.  NCPC has, in its 25 years, done so much to broaden and develop end of life care and palliative care has become mainstream across health and social care - which was always our aim. By coming together, we will continue to provide a clear vision and an even stronger voice for end of life care everywhere, because the most important person in end of life care is the person with the life limiting condition and their family. Dying Matters has opened up a national conversation about death and dying.  The voice of the person will be strengthened and broadened through direct communication with those providing care; together we are stronger as we take this vital work forward.”

Notes to editor

About Hospice UK

  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care. We champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, which provide hospice care across the UK, so that they can deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life-limiting conditions, and support their families.
  • We are the national voice of hospice care in the UK, working closely with our members to support their work and to advocate and raise awareness of hospice care.
  • We believe that everyone matters all the way through their life until the moment they die, and that no one should die in avoidable pain, suffering or emotional distress. We want to make sure that everyone with a life-limiting or terminal condition gets the very best care, and we believe hospices are critical to achieving this.
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About The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)

  • The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

    We believe that everyone approaching the end of life has the right to the highest quality care and support, wherever they live, and whatever their condition. We work with government, health and social care staff and people with personal experience to improve end of life care for all.
  • Since 2009 NCPC has led the Dying Matters coalition. Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Its membership includes hospices, care homes, NHS organisations and staff, GPs, funeral directors, the legal sector, charities, faith groups and many more.


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