Our strategy: 2017 to 2022

Five years, four goals, one big ambition: to open up hospice care.

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In 2017, the modern hospice movement founded by Dame Cicely Saunders turned 50. We believe our ambitious new strategy, which are now 2 years into, carries forward Dame Cicely’s original focus on the ill, the dying and the bereaved.

The strategy also enables us to look to the future and ensure that we continue to anticipate and respond to the needs of society in caring for adults and children with terminal and life-shortening conditions.

This over-arching strategy for the hospice movement will be complemented by the local strategy of each hospice and shaped by the communities they serve in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Everything we do centres on the adults and children who need hospice care and their carers. We are committed to opening up hospice care: widening access to new communities and extending reach to new settings.

Children's hospices strategy

Hospice UK Children's Strategy

We have also produced a version of the strategy which highlights how our new strategic goals are relevant to the 38 children’s hospices in the UK.

This version seeks to tackle the challenges raised by children’s hospices across the UK, and by partner organisations including Together for Short Lives.

Download the Hospice UK children's hospice strategy (note: .pdf file) >

Our annual business plan sets out the work we will carry out in each financial year to help achieve our strategy.

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