St Ann’s Hospice has appointed Rachel McMillan to the role of deputy chief executive.
Rachel will retain her existing substantive position of director of clinical services and her additional responsibilities will be undertaken in tandem with that position.
St Ann’s chief executive Eamonn O’Neal said: “The Health and Social Care devolution plans are gathering pace in Greater Manchester and decisions are going to be made on how to best spend the devolved budget of around £6bn to effectively connect communities and service delivery across localities.
“It is, therefore, more important than ever that St Ann’s Hospice plays a leading role in palliative and end of life care.
“Rachel is one of the most experienced and respected clinical services directors in the sector and I’m delighted she’s agreed to act as deputy chief executive.
“One of the challenges we will share is to engage with key external stakeholders and partners and to help consolidate St Ann’s position as one of the charities at the forefront of specialist care delivery.”
St Ann’s Hospice, which operates from three sites in Heald Green, Little Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, offers care and support to thousands of local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses every year.
Rachel will be working closely with Eamonn to lead the team of hospice and trading company staff, along with the 800-strong army of volunteers who support the hospice.
She said: “It’s both an exciting and challenging time for the health and social care sector, and end of life care is increasingly – and rightly – in the spotlight.
“I’m looking forward to working with Eamonn to ensure St Ann’s Hospice can provide the very best quality of care to even more local people, right when they need it the most.”