Following the news in today’s paper, we would like to clarify some of the points made which may have led to some confusion.
The closure of the Tendring Centre
The planned closure of the Tendring Centre does not mean the closure of services – all services currently run at the Centre will continue at an alternative location in the local area.
We are hugely grateful for the dedicated support of the local community and cannot thank you enough for your continued fundraising efforts to support St Helena.
The money raised goes towards running St Helena, which includes the services we run at the Tendring Centre. What we don’t want is for your money to be spent on paying for a building which is no longer cost effective when we know we can deliver the same support to patients, families and carers as we do now, for less, at other premises.
We also want to grow the services offered to people in Tendring to reach out to those who need our help who aren’t yet receiving it. This can be done best by offering these from premises that are more cost effective.
We recognise just how much the Centre has meant to patients and families, staff, volunteers and supporters over the years, and understand there is a lot of sadness over this. However, our care is more than just a building – our services are provided wherever the patient requires it – at home, through our 24/7 SinglePoint help line, as well as at The Hospice in Colchester.
We also want to assure people that the headline today is misleading.
Our management costs are similar to other hospices and charities and the increase in the costs of running St Helena and its services has increased due to the introduction of new services, including our 24/7 Singlepoint help line and coordination centre and the expansion of existing services including our Hospice in the Home community services; and our Bereavement Support.
We now help over 50% more local people to face incurable illness and bereavement each year as a result of those changes, and to help fund the extension of these services, we had to invest more in our Retail, Lottery and fundraising.
The increase in costs has been led by these changes to our services and has not impacted on the decision to close the Tendring Centre.
All our management costs are published on the Charity Commissions website annually and can be accessed by anyone at any time.
Senior Management team costs:
2016 - £527,851 (Comparative from 2016 accounts)
2017 - £481,599
2018 - £486,528
As part of ongoing efforts to deliver our care more cost effectively we have actually reduced management costs since 2016 by 9%. We changed the way we report in 2017 to include pension costs in order to be more transparent.
The Senior Management team costs include those for our Clinical Director, an experienced local GP, and our Director of Care, an experienced nurse consultant. Both roles are vital to ensure we provide high quality expert care to over 4,000 people we help each year.
We are fortunate to have an experienced and well qualified senior management team, all of whom could be earning greater salaries if they worked in the public or private sectors.
As we do for all staff, we externally benchmark our senior staff salaries with other charities and similar organisations to ensure we pay the going rate and no more. All decisions on senior salaries are taken by a Remuneration Committee made up of trustees from our Board.
To provide the right support to our patients and families we also require effective management and coordination of a range of highly qualified nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, counsellors and support workers as well as volunteers. To fund the care and support we also need the right management for our varied and complex income generation and support services too.
We recognise that management costs can be contentious in an organisation so reliant on volunteers. We are extremely grateful for their contribution and simply would not be able to help so many local people without them.
To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360
SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists.
To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU
Telephone: 01206 845 566
You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:
Telephone: 01206 845 566
Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222
You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:
Telephone: 01206 848 163
Fax: 01206 752 245
You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222
Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU
The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466
To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466
For all media enquiries between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please phone the Marketing and Communications team directly on 01206 931 464
If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360
To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560
For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397
To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.
Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566