Children’s Hospice appoints new director of service delivery and development

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is delighted to announce the appointment of Lis Meates as its new director of service delivery and development, with responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation’s clinical and therapeutic services for babies, children, young people and their families.

Having trained as a children’s nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and worked as a community children’s nurse, Lis later moved north to set up a community children’s palliative care team in Manchester, building and leading a large multi-skilled team providing short breaks, trips out and 24-hour end of life care in families’ own homes. More recently, she was asked to restructure the bereavement service at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she gained valuable experience in bereavement support and supporting families whose child has died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Luen Thompson, chief executive at Forget Me Not, said:

“It’s fantastic to welcome someone of Lis’ calibre and experience to Forget Me Not. I know she’ll not only bring a wealth of nursing skills adding considerable value to our unique nurse-led approach, but she’ll also bring passion to everything she does, commitment to putting the needs of families first, a listening approach, a fantastic network of professionals and most importantly the ability to turn our exciting plans into action for the benefit of babies, children and families in West Yorkshire.”

Lis said:

“I’m excited to join Forget Me Not at what is a significant time for the children’s hospice as it embarks on its new five-year strategy. It’s great to see that despite having to make some tough decisions over the last 12 months, staff remain completely focused on and passionate about meeting the needs of the families they support. With their innovative nurse-led approach to delivering care and finding new solutions for the many challenges families face, Forget Me Not is leading the way in children’s hospice provision and I’m thrilled to be part of that!”

Forget Me Not provides palliative and end of life care, respite and short breaks, counselling, bereavement support, play and music therapy to children and families across West Yorkshire. The children’s hospice also has a perinatal service (the first of its kind in the UK), supporting families through pregnancy and beyond. Babies are also referred at birth and support can continue up to the age of 19 years. As a charity, its work is almost entirely funded by donations, fundraising and its 14 charity shops – less than 4% of the income it needs comes from government sources.