Compton Care discards ‘hospice’ tag

Posted on April 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Compton Care discards ‘hospice’ tag

Compton Care is one of the first palliative care providers in the UK to remove ‘hospice’ from its name as part a new strategy aimed at revolutionising the way in which people with complex and incurable conditions are cared for, after research found that people are fearful of accessing its services.

The charity carried out patient, staff and supporter and sector research which found that a large number of people associate the word ‘hospice’ with being ‘a place you go to die’. In turn, this negative perception contributed to people often becoming fearful of accessing care from Compton, as well as healthcare professionals making referrals only in the final weeks or days of a person’s life.

The new strategy, which includes a £2.5m investment into Compton’s care co-ordination centre is focused on ensuring that patients are referred into its care earlier on, … Read More »

Mel Knight passes the baton

Posted on April 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Mel Knight passes the baton

After more than 25 years at the helm of care sector construction specialist Castleoak, Mel Knight stepped down as executive chairman at the end of


Over the past five years, the shareholders have led a succession plan to evolve the business from a shareholder-led business to one led by an independent management team.

The implementation of the succession plan is now complete, and Craig Currie, as chief executive, and his team have been leading the company for some time now.

Karen Rosser now steps up from non-executive director to non-executive chair. Karen has been part of the senior team since 2011, having joined Castleoak in a HR leadership role.

Mel, who remains a major shareholder in Castleoak, will now be pursue a range of other interests in the care and retirement living sector “Castleoak is well positioned for further success and growth, and importantly … Read More »

Sutherland: remember him?

Posted on April 16th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

Half a century ago I had a series of wonderfully happy working holidays in Sutherland, that most beautiful part of north-west Scotland. The name always brings back memories, so when I spotted the obituary of Lord Sutherland of Roundwood who died in late February, even though I didn’t recognise the name, I started reading just for nostalgia.

I soon realised, however, that this sadly missed peer was known to me by his pre-ennoblement title of Sir Stuart Sutherland. Now, does that ring bells? It should do, since 20 years ago Sir Stuart was appointed to head a Royal Commission on the funding of long term care.

The commission met the requirement of the government of the day to report within a year, but neither this almost unprecedented speed for the consideration of such a complicated issue, nor the report’s … Read More »

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