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Press release: Jersey Hospice Care and Macmillan Jersey receive funding for a new patient-focused collaboration

The teams at Jersey Hospice Care and Macmillan Jersey are delighted to announce a new collaboration as they secure external funding for a Lead Complementary TherapistGeorgie Phillipsa Complementary Therapist specialising in Foot and Hand Reflexology, Reiki and Emotional Support has been jointly appointed by the charities to provide invaluable care to those accessing the services of the two organisations 

Georgie Phillips, Complimentary Therapist for Jersey Hospice Care and Macmillan Jersey

Complementary Therapies can help to bring dignity, confidence, and emotional well-being to patients who are going through one of the most challenging times of their livesThis care is offered alongside conventional medical, nursing, and allied health professional treatments, to help improve the health and well-being of the patient. This includes self-care approaches such as meditation and physical treatments like massage and is tailored to the unique needs of each individualAt Hospice, Georgie will provide treatments and therapies to those who access care either on the In Patient Unit or in the community, including those who come to stay at Hospice for a short period (perhaps for symptom management and pain control)before returning home.  At Macmillan Jersey, complementary therapies are one of the most popular services they provide to islanders and are available to anyone affected by cancer in Jersey. The therapies are provided by Georgie and a team of qualified volunteer therapists at The Oasis, their cancer support and wellbeing centre based at The Lido Medical Centre 

Georgie Phillips, Complementary Therapist, said: “The comfort and wellbeing of each individual is at the centre and heart of every complementary therapy treatment I give, and I am delighted to be able to join both charities to provide this service.” 

Both charities are pleased to confirm that they have secured external funding for the new partnership. The funds, provided by two separate grant awarding bodies, will cover the salary costssecuring the collaboration and ensuring that the service is free of charge. Hospice has received support from the Association of Jersey Charities with £12,000 from the profits of the Channel Island Lottery and a commitment from the Association to award two further years’ funding subject to certain conditions. Macmillan Jersey have received a one year grant of £15,000 from the Greville Bathe Fund which was awarded earlier this year. Macmillan Jersey are grateful to hear from any funders who might be interested in supporting them beyond the current one year funding.  

Acting Director of Palliative Care Services, Hilary Hopkins, said: “At Hospice we always put patients first and so working with other healthcare partners, such as Macmillan Jersey, enables us to ensure that we can deliver the personalised care that each person needs. We know that we cannot, and should not, deliver this care alone and are delighted by the immediate success of this partnership which benefits those cared for by us and by Macmillan.” 

Pam Aubert, Macmillan Jerseysaid  “From March 2020 complementary therapies were stopped at The Oasis due to the pandemic. It is one of our most popular services. In 2019 we provided 251 complementary therapies compared to 55 in 2020.  So far since re-starting the service in April 2021 we have provided 93 therapies at The Oasis and 38 at Hospice.  service user who had weekly reflexology said it reduced stress and helped them sleep on days they had treatment. We are delighted to get therapies restarted and look forward to developing the service in the future.”  

Both Hospice and Macmillan Jersey see this as an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that such a collaboration is possible and that it will benefit their patients, some of whom are supported by both charities. As charities look to work in partnership with Health and Community Services to support the Jersey Care Model, this is an excellent example of how such partnerships keep care in the community and support the needs of patients, when and where they need it.