Hospice UK partnership
In 2018, the MCF launched a new partnership with Hospice UK to create meaningful change in the hospice sector. Having previously previously focussed on expanding bereavement services, and tackling inequality, we are now helping hospices re-open or start day care services.
The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for the hospice sector. In a matter of days hospices had to transform services and care for patients and families facing life limiting disease in the context of the fear and disruption caused by COVID-19. The sector responded magnificently, with hospices remodelling services, redeploying staff and increasing capacity to help patients remain out of hospital, whatever their condition or background.
The burden on hospices to reduce costs and find efficiencies is growing in the face of rising demand, a desire to meet the needs of all parts of the community, and a loss of traditional funding streams. Over the past year or so many day hospice services were forced to close, but hospices are now looking to re-open and start these services for patients both virtually and face-to-face.
This grants programme will help to address any urgent needs hospices might face in delivering their services in a radically changing landscape.
Hospice UK impact report
Grants to fund essential services
We also help to fund the core costs of providing care at hospices across England and Wales that receive 60 per cent or less of their funding from the NHS.