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Jonathan Ellis

Director of Advocacy & Change at national hospice charity Hospice UK

Jonathan Ellis is Director of Advocacy & Change at national hospice charity Hospice UK, which supports and champions more than 200 hospices across the UK
We Need To Open Up Hospice Care To More

We Need To Open Up Hospice Care To More People

It is important that more people are aware about the benefits of hospice care. This will become ever more urgent in the future as our ageing population increases, with more people living for longer, often with complex health conditions. In addition, more children and young people with life-shortening conditions are living for longer due to advances in medical care.
10/07/2017 17:10 BST
What will the Government's new national commitment on end of life care mean for

What will the Government's new national commitment on end of life care mean for hospices?

Hospices also have an important part to play in raising awareness of the new national commitment to end of life care. Their longstanding expertise in providing quality, compassionate care and their widespread links with organisations across their local communities, means their role will be crucial to help deliver the transformation in care for dying people that the Government desires and which is so urgently needed.
23/08/2016 14:49 BST
Too Many People Are Dying Without

Too Many People Are Dying Without Dignity

This week the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) published a new report Dying Without Dignity featuring a string of shocking cases of poor care experienced by dying people and their families.
21/05/2015 11:56 BST
What Does Quality Really Mean in Hospice

What Does Quality Really Mean in Hospice Care?

More recently, the new inspection regime introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the regulator for health and adult social care in England - is helping provide a better understanding of quality in hospice care.
10/03/2015 11:53 GMT
What Do You Know About Hospice

What Do You Know About Hospice Care?

The reality is that hospice care is delivered in a surprising range of settings, including in people's homes. In fact 90% of hospice care is delivered away from a hospice building. Hospice teams are also involved in educating staff working in other settings such as care homes and hospitals.
15/10/2014 14:58 BST
Fairer Funding For Hospices Would Benefit Patients And The

Fairer Funding For Hospices Would Benefit Patients And The NHS

These are tough economic times for statutory funding of healthcare. It would be unrealistic to expect NHS funding for hospice care, which has on average made up a third of funding (32 per cent) for adult hospices and 17 per cent for children's services, to be exempt from this.
20/08/2014 17:37 BST
Volunteers Still Form the Backbone of Hospice

Volunteers Still Form the Backbone of Hospice Care

Just how important are volunteers to hospices and could their role change in the future? All charities rely to some extent on volunteers to support their work but for hospices they are crucial and always have been ever since the modern hospice movement was first founded by Dame Ciceley Saunders in the UK back in the 1960s.
28/02/2014 12:21 GMT
Creating Memorable Moments for Hospice

Creating Memorable Moments for Hospice Patients

While New Year's resolutions are still fresh, many of us have no doubt been looking at how we spend our time and how we can introduce positive changes this year. Time is precious for all of us, but this is especially true for people who are terminally ill. This affects individuals in different ways but many choose to embrace life as fully as possible and indeed are supported to do this by hospices across the country.
08/01/2014 15:08 GMT