60 Seconds with Steve Jamieson
Chief executive of The Hospice of St Francis Berkhamsted Steve Jamieson is passionate about end of life care
Steve Jamieson qualified as a nurse in 1986. He worked for the RCN for 17 years and was deputy director of nursing – responsible for managing a team of professional leads across all areas of nursing – before moving to his current role, chief executive of The Hospice of St Francis Berkhamsted.
What are your main work responsibilities?
Managing a staff of 350 and over 1,200 volunteers, promoting excellence in end of life care, and ensuring we raise the £10 million each year needed to keep us going. We only receive 20% of our funding from the NHS.
How did you get your job?
I had wanted to be a CEO of a hospice for many years and had three interviews before being offered the post. I am passionate about end of life care and making sure that people get access to the right care at the time they need it.
Who are your clients/patients?
Our patients are all those diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. It is not just cancer patients we see, we are now seeing more patients with neurological conditions and dementia than ever before. Last year only 25% of our patients we cared for in the hospice had cancer.
What do you love about your job?
As CEO working with my executive team we can agree changes and see them happen quickly. I enjoy working as a nurse 1 day a month in our inpatient unit. It allows me to get to see what is happening on the shop floor and it also gets me closer to patients and their families.
What do you find most difficult?
When we are caring for young patients at the end of their lives who have young children coming to visit them.
What is your top priority at work?
Making sure that we run an excellent service for our patients, their families and carers.
How have you developed your skills in this role?
Watching our excellent palliative care nurses in action. They are amazing.
What has been your most formative career experience?
Working with people who care.
What will be your next career move?
Who knows? I am loving this one!
What career advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t wait for opportunities to knock on your door – get out there and look for them.