Julia's House Children's Hospice

We provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.
http://www.juliashouse.org/

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Julia's House Dorset & Wiltshire Children's Hospices provides care for children with life-shortening or life-threatening illnesses and support for their families. Its core principles – Compassionate and caring, Honesty and integrity, It's up to all of us, Listen and learn, Determined to excel – perfectly encapsulate the type of staff it wants to attract.

The Devizes-based charity achieves nationally-recognised standards in care quality, management skills training and employee engagement by supporting staff to be the best they can be in an emotionally demanding but immensely rewarding environment.

In such a challenging field, paramount importance is placed on the wellbeing of the team. Managers worked “frenetically” early in the pandemic to source PPE, testing kits and vaccines for their teams. Staff wellbeing groups were created with links provided to wellbeing apps and webinars while the hospice continues to provide a free confidential counselling and employee assistance helpline.

One mark of excellence is recognising the impact on the families with children in its care. It plays a lead role in national research into the benefits of regular respite breaks for parental relationships.

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Leadership

91% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

At the start of the first lockdown, the CEO sent weekly updates to staff. All managers were encouraged to maintain at least weekly contact with each member of their team to ensure wellbeing and provide updates. Teams were encouraged to set up WhatsApp groups to support each other.

My Company

92% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

Staff phoned the charity's army of elderly volunteers during the lockdowns and WhatsApp groups were created to reduce their sense of isolation. Nurses took part in fundraising zoom meetings while senior managers were in touch with local hospital CEOs to offer staffing support or spare capacity for overstretched wards.

Giving Something Back

84% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Julia's House mentors two children's palliative care charities in the USA: Ladybug House in Seattle and Asher's Smile in Florida. It has also given advice on construction and design to Crescent Cove children's hospice in Minnesota and on service to Iris House in South Africa, founded by a former team member.

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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