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Michael Tatterton, Head of Care, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
I am the Head of Care of a new community-based children’s hospice service, the only one in our region that provides 24-hour community palliative care. I am a children’s nurse and health visitor, and have spent my career providing children’s palliative care.
My job was to design the service. I looked into the needs of local children and families, existing services, and how we could fill the gaps. I’m responsible for making sure that policies, procedures and governance are in place, ensuring our services are safe and effective. I support the team leaders in their roles of delivering respite care, symptom control and end of life care through their clinical expertise, supervision and leadership.
Family-centred care is very important to me. It’s my job to make sure that everything we do, from assessing children to planning and delivering care, is done in partnership with families. And it’s my job to make sure our palliative care services really make a difference to families.