Hospice staff face increasing workplace pressures, charities warn

Hospice UK and the Point of Care Foundation publish guidance on how managers can help staff build resilience

Hospice leaders should systematically monitor and promote staff wellbeing, and review progress regularly, a report published today states.

The charities Hospice UK and The Point of Care Foundation have produced guidance on increasing the resilience of staff, who are likely to face increasing pressures as demand for hospice care grows.

The report identifies three main sources of stress for hospice staff: working with patients who are dying; changes that include caring for more people with complex needs including dementia; and organisational and management pressures. Demand for hospice care is likely to rise substantially in the coming decades, as a result of the UK’s ageing population, the report says. 

Ros Taylor, national director of hospice care for Hospice UK, said: ‘The sector is facing a time of considerable challenge and change. In particular, the demands of caring for more people with complex needs in the future is likely to place additional pressures on hospice staff and volunteers.’

Joanna Goodrich, report author and head of evidence and learning at the Point of Care Foundation, said: ‘Hospice staff are famous for their compassion and care – but this work can come at a cost. It is important to remember that stress can be mitigated, even in times of change, by good management.’

Read the report: Resilience - a framework supporting hospice staff to flourish in stressful times

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