In October 2014 we changed our name to Hospice UK from Help the Hospices. By changing our name to Hospice UK, we hope to better reflect the changing nature of hospice care in the UK.
Increasingly hospice care is delivered outside of hospice buildings. Hospice teams work in a wide range of settings – local charitable hospices; nursing homes; hospitals – and the vast majority of hospice care is provided in peoples’ homes. Our new name reflects the breadth, dynamism and flexibility of the modern hospice care delivered by our members across the UK.
Our core purpose remains
Our name may have changed, but our core purpose has not. We continue to be the national charity for hospice care and to champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, so that they can deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life-limiting conditions, and support their families.
We do this by influencing government and decision makers and improving the quality of care by sharing good practice and providing resources, training, education and grant programmes. Outside of the UK, we continue to support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide.
Hospice care continues to evolve, but its core principles remain the same. The fundamental belief that everyone matters, throughout their life, and right up until the moment they die. The belief that no-one should die in avoidable pain, suffering or emotional distress and that hospice care should be available to all those who need it, in the place of their choice.
Hospice UK is proud to support those principles in action and to be the national voice of hospice care.