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Rosemarie Finley’s column

Monday 12 August 2019

I am thrilled to be writing to you as Chief Executive Officer at St Barnabas House. It has been a busy and exciting three months since I was appointed in May and I am looking forward to leading the hospice into the next phase of its development.

Rosemarie Finley headshotAs a registered nurse and health visitor, I understand how important it is for us to keep patients and their families at the heart of everything we do. Part of making sure that St Barnabas House delivers the best care possible is continuing to improve the ‘reach’ of the hospice, working collaboratively to make sure everyone who needs our help can access our facilities and services. This is something I feel very strongly about, as well as ensuring that our patients can be cared for in the place of their choice, whether that is at home or in the hospice.

Someone asked me recently who my hero is. This is a difficult question as there are many people that I look up to, but I would say Professor Dame Sally Davies, the first female Chief Medical Officer. She has put a number of taboo subjects that seriously impact our nation’s health into the public arena with great integrity and impact. Her approach has challenged many stereotypes and enabled us to think differently about issues such as tackling obesity. I believe that we need to use a similar approach to ensure end of life care is higher on the agenda of policy makers.

St Barnabas House is part of the local community, and we wouldn’t be here without your generosity and support, so thank you. I look forward to keeping you up to date with exciting news and developments in this regular column.