Chair & Trustee
Kay’s current role is Director of Clinical Services for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, North Warwickshire who are a community hospice providing specialised palliative and end of life care services; Mary Ann Evans have had a presence in the local community since 1990. Kay has been in post since February 2015 and as a senior manager with vast clinical expertise, Kay plays a key role as part of the senior leadership team. Kay’s role oversees all hospice clinical services operationally to ensure synergy and shared vision and is responsible for all aspects of quality and education. Kay is also the Registered Manager for CQC requirements, Accountable Officer and Caldicott Guardian. Strategically Kay advises and supports the hospice with their vision and aims and is key to developing external key stakeholder relationships.
Kay qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1986 and has worked predominantly in a palliative care environment, but also has a district nurse qualification/experience and a breadth of hospital experience. In 2009 until March 2011, Kay became the Professional Lead for NHS Birmingham East and North Hospice at Home service and led the successfully developed collaborative service model engaging three providers.
Kay strives to ensure that an excellent quality of care is provided for local patients and their families and is strongly committed to ongoing personal and professional development. Kay enjoys teaching, research/evidence based practice and project management and has been a key contributor to the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool© research studies since 2009. Kay completed a Masters in Professional Studies – Healthcare in 2007, the same year as having her first article published. Additionally Kay has been fortunate enough to speak in 2001 at an International Symposium for MND, held in San Francisco, USA. More recently Kay has had several posters exhibited at national conferences regarding a prioritisation tool for Hospice at Home care as well as representing the National Association presenting at Help the Hospices conferences in 2011 and 2009. A further article was published in 2012 in conjunction with other NAHH colleagues regarding the NAHH national standards.
Kay has been associated with the NAHH committee since January 2008, became Vice Chair in September 2009, Trustee 2014 and Chair in 2015. Kay thoroughly enjoys this opportunity – and wholeheartedly recommends this to others for the future!
MA, BSc (Hons) Palliative Care, DPSN-DN, RGN