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City Hospice is delighted to announce that trustee, Dr Elinor Kapp, has won the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) award in the ‘Trustee’ category.

The retired psychiatric consultant’s dedication as trustee for our charity has helped to ensure we consistently provide a high standard of specialist home-based palliative care.

81-year-old Elinor (MBBS, DPM, FRCPsych, BA) became a trustee of George Thomas Hospice Care when it began in 1984. She contributed her clinical knowledge in psychiatry and her experience in achieving high standards of care in a clinical setting.

She continued in the role beyond her retirement after 50 years of service to the NHS, seeing us adopt our new identity as City Hospice in 2017.

In the past year, a record total of 750 new patients with incurable illnesses were referred to our hospice.

The Clinical Governance Committee chaired by Dr Kapp since 1984 is charged with overseeing the quality and standard of care provided by City Hospice’s clinical team, and ensuring it provides a world-class standard of palliative care, working collaboratively with colleagues in primary and secondary care.

‘She has offered the board sound advice on all clinical matters, and her judgement and wise counsel has proved particularly valuable on the rare occasions when the continuity of the service might have been under threat, or in arguing for investment in the clinical service on grounds of increasing demand or enhancing quality, or both,’ said our Chief Executive, Mike Walsh.

‘She balances diplomacy with humour and a sound understanding of medicine, people and the complexities of providing palliative and end of life care to patients in their own homes and living with their families.

‘Nothing is ever too much trouble and her commitment to her role in time, energy and enthusiasm has been and continues to be exemplary.’

We would like to say a big thank you to Elinor for all of her hard work and well done on this fantastic achievement. Find out more about the WCVA award winners here.

To read more about our trustees and what they do, visit: https://www.cityhospice.org.uk/council-of-management

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