SHARON Doodson becomes Registered Manager and only the third Director of Care to be appointed in the history of Francis House Children’s Hospice.
As the new Registered Manager and Director of Care, Sharon Doodson will lead a Hospice care team of more than 50 staff at the Didsbury based charity. She will be managing the care at the fourteen-bed Hospice and responsible for all aspects of the service and clinical oversight of the Residential Care staff.
“I had ideas on how it was going to be taking over as the Registered Manager of Francis House and all that it would entail, but a global pandemic was not on my radar! It has been a very difficult time for Francis House and something that has affected every single person, from families to staff.
“We have adapted and changed the way we normally work to meet government guidelines to ensure the continued safety of the children, young people and the staff. I am proud to manage such a fantastic team.”
A Registered Nurse, Sharon has worked at Willow Wood Hospice, Accident and Emergency for Pennine Acute Trust and later became a District Nurse for Stockport NHS Foundation. Whilst on the District Nurse Team she became the Palliative Care Link Nurse.
Sharon joined the Francis House Team in February 2015 becoming a member of the Senior Team in December and was appointed Clinical Lead in September 2016.
“I knew on my first day working at Francis House that I would spend the rest of my nursing career here. I never expected it would be as the Registered Manager, but I am grateful for the opportunity.
“I do not take the responsibility lightly; I understand the commitment that the job entails, and I am determined to work hard for the families to ensure they continue to receive outstanding care.
“I am passionate about holistic care, as a student nurse you hear so much about holistic care but sadly in a busy NHS environment, it is not always possible and can be very frustrating. Within a day of working at Francis House, I observed holistic care at its best and I was so excited to be able to work somewhere that had holistic care embedded within its philosophy and ethos.
“Francis House cares for the whole family, not just the sick child. I will strive to continue to maintain a safe, effective, individualised caring service, with the needs of the children, young people, and families at the centre of any decisions I make.”
Third Director of Care in 30 Years
Sharon took over the role of Registered Manager from Gill Bevin who joined the hospice team in 2002 and was appointed Registered Manager and Director of Care in 2009. Gill led the Care team through a time of major expansion with the opening of a teenage and young adult unit in 2014 and she retired on 6th November.
“This role has been the pinnacle of my career and I feel honoured to have played my part in the Francis House history. Sharon will ensure that the future of Francis House is in safe hands. She has more than demonstrated the passion and commitment to take the Hospice forward into the next stages of its growth and development to meet the ever-changing needs of the young people and their families. I wish her every success and happiness in this demanding role.”
Chris Roberts, Chairman of the Board of Trustees added:
“The Trustees were delighted to appoint Sharon as the new Registered Manager. Sharon has more than demonstrated the skills and abilities needed for the post. Sharon is only the third Director of Care to be appointed in our 30 years of existence. The Trustees are unanimous in their thanks to the retiring Registered Manager, Gill, for her outstanding contribution and personal devotion to the Hospice over the last eighteen years.”
For more information on Francis House please visit: www.francishouse.org.uk