HERTFORDSHIRE and Buckinghamshire hospice charities, Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Peace Hospice Care have confirmed that the proposed merger announced in June is going ahead, as planned. The next phase of the merger integration started on 1st October 2022, the new organisation has been incorporated and will be called Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care.
The driving force behind the merger is the organisations’ shared goal to increase both the reach and scope of services, offering a range of high-quality care for those facing life-limiting illnesses, as well as bereavement counselling services for anyone affected by grief, across their local communities.
The combined catchment area of the new organisation across West Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire covers a GP population of over 1 million local people, among whom there has been a significant increase in those living alone in recent years.
With a 1% death rate and 75% of those requiring end-of-life or palliative care needs, there is a local need to serve just under 8,000 patients a year. As Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care, the organisation aims to increase current patient numbers from approximately 5,000 per year to cover more of this need, and for more of the local GP population to benefit significantly from combined high-quality services, along with other partner hospices in the area.
Stewart Marks, Chief Executive of Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care said:
“I am delighted with the sheer amount of hard work happening behind the scenes across all departments to combine the two successful charities and achieve our vision of growth in our new bigger catchment area. We have already identified key growth areas to focus on to serve and support more people, reach all sections of the community and strengthen our resources to ensure every local person receives the care they need, when they need it, whoever they are.
“We are currently liaising with the Charity Commission for their final approval, and the newly appointed Executive Board will be leading our merger integration plans with their combined teams from 1st October.”
Chair of Trustees of the new organisation, Dr Jeremy Shindler, added:
“The reaction to news of our merger has been overwhelmingly positive. We are especially delighted that our staff are already combining forces to lay out plans for how our services will extend efficiently across this wider catchment area covering over 1 million local people. We are on track to deliver our action plans for the next 18 months of merger integration and are excited to work with the wider community.’
Services offered by both charities for people facing life-threatening illnesses, and those who care for them, will continue, with the merger goal to extend the reach and deliver better outcomes from current combined resources, as well as working together on future development and expansion. Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care has three clear aims:
- Serve – provide a wider range of services to support people in West Herts and Bucks to live as well as possible as they near the end of their lives
- Reach – develop new and enhanced services to reach all sections of the local community and meet their changing needs
• Strengthen – use our strengthened combined voice to secure the resources needed to ensure every local person receives the care they need when they need it