Find out about the aims, terms of reference and leadership of the Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative Care (ECLiHP). This is a forum for all executive and aspiring executive clinical leaders engaged in the strategic planning and operational delivery of contemporary hospice care.

It works closely with the Strategic HR and Workforce Leads group (SHaWL).

The ECLiHP forum's aims

  • advance clinical leadership in hospice and palliative care, and develop leaders for the present and future
  • facilitate peer support and mentorship to executive clinical leads in hospices and palliative care
  • provide a strong and persuasive voice relating to clinical perspectives of service, planning and delivery, and to engage in constructive lobbying as necessary
  • be a key reference point for executive clinical lead colleagues and Hospice UK
  • facilitate the exchange of information, expertise and learning
  • provide, facilitate and promote executive learning opportunities for clinical leaders.
Download the forum's terms of reference

Leadership and oversight


The work of ECLiHP is overseen by an executive committee consisting of leads from each region together with representation from children's hospices. Administration is provided by Hospice UK with internal leadership from our Clinical Team. 

We have regional groups in most regions: 

Region Lead
Chair Erika Lipscompe, Director of Clinical Services, The Rowans Hospice
West Midlands Sarah Mimmack (NHS) and Joe Potts, Dougie Mac Hospice
North West Emma Dixon, St Ann’s Hospice:
Jenny Gallagher, Bolton Hospice:
Jenny attends when Emma is unavailable
Yorkshire and

Joanne Schofield, Head of Clinical Services, The Prince of Wales Hospice

Natalie Sanderson, Wheatfields Hospice

Wales Jane McGrath at St Kentigern Hospice
South West Ann Rhys, Hospice Care
South East Coast and Co-chair Karen Taylor, Director of Clinical Services, the Martlets Hospice
Northern Ireland Miriam McKeown Marie Curie Belfast
North East Angela Egdell, Director of Care Services, St Oswalds Hospice
Herts, Beds, and North
Jackie Tritton, Peace Hospice Care
East of England Sara Robins, Director of Clinical Services, Arthur Rank
Children's Rep Lynn Grayson, Clinical Director, Derian House Children’s Hospice
Hospice UK
Anita Hayes, Head of Clinical Leadership

Dot Partington, St Columbas Hospice

Margaret Wilkie, Lanarkshire NHS

Marie Curie Hospices Jane Eades, Associate Director of Nursing and Quality - Marie Curie
South West Gillian Horne, Director of Patient Care, Rowcroft Hospice

If you are interested in setting up a group in the East Midlands or South Central regions please get in touch.

The executive committee meets four times a year to feed back information from their regions.

ECLiHP members are frequently updated on significant issues so do check back and look out for updates in our quarterly bulletins. Join the network below to receive these.

Benefits of being an ECLiHP member


- Join a network of over 280 subscribers

- Having an executive committee to represent regional groups on regional issues and work with Hospice UK on national issues, which in the past have included: the Role of the Medical Examiner; Changes to CQC inspections; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultations; and Navigating the Integrated Care system

- Access to specific events or discounted rates for ECLiHP members

- An annual Clinical Leaders conference

- A quarterly newsletter with upcoming events, announcements, articles of interest and other opportunities

How to join

Join the Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative Care network below.