New hospice boss looks to the future

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

 

New hospice boss looks to the future

Tina Harris.

THE new chief executive of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice has taken up her post.

As previously reported, Tina Harris was appointed in April to take over from interim chief executive Sheila Paul.

Tina previously worked for the NHS, specialising in mental health and learning disability services before becoming associate director at NHS Isle of Wight, and for the Isle of Wight Council, where her remit included residential and day services for children, adults and older people.

She said: "It is important to me to believe truly in what I do and to know it contributes in some way to the Island community.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the future of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and am enthusiastic about joining staff and volunteers in sustaining and building on the excellent work of the hospice in providing the best possible care for our patients."

One challenge she will face is improving end-of-life care services, ensuring more patients are able to die at home if they wish. Island health chiefs say too many people are dying in hospital when they would prefer to remain at home.

Tina lives in the West Wight with her five teenage children and is a member of the governing body at the Isle of Wight College.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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