As the opening of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice moves closer, a new director of care has been appointed.
Vicki Finlay will be responsible for the daily delivery of care at the Huddersfield hospice, where bosses hope to welcome children and families from next month.
The mum-of-three trained as a children’s nurse in Liverpool, working at Alder Hey Hospital where she gained experience of palliative and end of life care. She then worked in various NHS management posts before spending the past six years at the Department of Health.
But Vicki said she wanted to move back into children’s care. “It’s going back to working with children and families. I’m a children’s nurse through and through. I always had a plan to come back into children’s service, but I wanted to develop other aspects of my skill set.”
She also has first-hand experience of the needs of families as her youngest son Oliver, now five, was born with a serious heart condition.
He is now well butVicki said: “It put me on the other side of the fence for a while. It gave me an understanding of the sheer turmoil you go through when you’re having your child diagnosed with a complex condition.” As well as running the care team at the Russell House hospice, Vicki is also responsible for the Hospice at Home care, which was set up in 2010.
She said: “The whole team has such conviction and dedication to what they do and really have the children and young people, and their families, at the forefront of everything they are doing on a day to day basis. It’s a real pleasure to come and work for an organisation like this.”
Chief executive Peter Branson welcomed Mrs Finlay to the team. “ We couldn’t be happier. We were really careful, taking our time to choose the right person,” he said.
“We are here because sadly, ordinary families face extraordinary challenges and they need and deserve our help. The amazing passion and dedication of Vicki and her team helps to make unbearable situations bearable for children and families and we are thrilled that Vicki has joined us as we continue to grow our care and support,” he added.