The Strategic HR and Workforce Leads (SHaWL) network was created to provide a strategic HR voice and advance the role of HR within hospice and palliative care.

It works closely with the Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative Care (ECLiHP) network.


SHaWL guides and engages a network of Human Resources (HR) and workforce expertise in hospices with the aims to:

  • Provide a strategic and HR voice within the field of hospice and palliative care
  • Advance the role of HR within hospice and palliative care
  • Work with ECLiHP (Executive Clinical Leads in Hospice and Palliative Care) 
  • Provide a clear voice relating to workforce perspectives of service, planning and delivery, and engaging in constructive lobbying as necessary.    
  • Be a key reference point for hospice and palliative care colleagues on strategic HR issues, workforce planning and development
  • Provide support in developing HR and other leaders in the hospice and palliative care sector.

The network 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 People and Culture Team. 


Contact SHaWL


If you work in HR or workforce management at a Hospice UK member hospice and would like to find out more about SHaWL, or to be put in touch with your regional representative, please contact the Hospice UK team: