St Christopher’s provides the best individually centred care and support, led by the people who need us.

Together, we help people across south east London, and those close to them, experience positive moments – free from pain or fear wherever possible – supporting them to choose how they live their every day, to the last. We help people understand what’s happening, whatever symptoms they face, and reduce people’s suffering.

With empathy and care, we create space for honest conversations about death, dying and grief. We’re changing palliative care for the better, raising standards through research, education and collaborative partnerships, across the UK and around the world.

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Our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to equitable care and support when and wherever they need it

We will:

  • Understand and meet the needs of our diverse communities
  • Develop age-attuned palliative care for both older and younger people by improving services for people living with frailty and dementia and reviewing the needs of young people moving to adult services
  • Tackle misconceptions about hospice care and support
  • Develop relationships across the healthcare system to improve care such as continuing to enhance our care home offer and working with other partners to provide new and innovative services
  • Continue to develop clinical expertise to provide outstanding care such as by investing in innovative services for people living with learning disabilities and developing a death doula project.

We will:

  • Develop tailored learning to reflect career development opportunities such as providing a nurse consultant development programme
  • Develop learning to meet contemporary pressures including a suite of on demand learning products and conferences focused on the key issues affecting healthcare professionals
  • Devise and implement a People Strategy to support staff and volunteers.

We will:

  • Share cutting-edge thinking and test solutions to improve care
  • Share expertise generated through practice and research
  • Build key partnerships.

We will:

  • Develop and implement a Green Strategy to ensure we reduce our environmental impact
  • Refresh our premises while protecting the environment
  • Generate sufficient finances to fulfil our ambitions
  • Invest in resilient technology which empowers people.

We will:

  • Explore assisted dying with our communities and make recommendations to policy makers
  • Identify and highlight services under pressure and gaps in provision across the healthcare sector
  • Advocate for improved funding for end of life care.

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