Dr Julie Luscombe

Head of Education and Learning

When did you start at Jersey Hospice Care?
January 2018

How do you make a difference at Jersey Hospice Care?
I’m the Head of Education and Learning with a newly formed team of very experienced staff who already had an educational role within Jersey Hospice Care. Together we have tried to bring the strands of all the good quality education that was already happening together by developing an education strategy for our staff and volunteers. We never stop learning and our in-house and external education programme will ensure that all staff and volunteers within Hospice have the opportunities to learn and develop within their roles to make sure we continue to offer excellence to those who use our services.

We also deliver a community education programme to health care workers across the island on all aspects of end of life and palliative care.

What did you do before you worked here?
I came from the Policy and Strategy Unit Department at Public Health, States of Jersey. However, I am a Mental Health Nurse by background and spent many years as a Senior Lecturer for nursing staff at the Nursing & Midwifery Higher Education Centre at the Hospital.

What are your plans for the next six months?
My first six months have flown by so I’m expecting more of the same for the rest of the year. As this is a new post, I’ve been spending time putting an infrastructure in place, as well as getting the work done and I’m starting to see some of the plans come together now. The next six months will see the launch of more community education programmes and some in-house training for our own staff. I’m building up existing partnerships and developing new ones so we can extend our education programme in the future. We have many exciting plans for educational projects so watch this space!

What do you enjoy most about your job and working for Jersey Hospice Care?
I’m passionate about education and passionate about people so this job combines both of those together. My job is all about building relationships and motivating people to achieve and develop through education and learning, whatever their role may be. I feel lucky to be working with a team dedicated to being the best they can be, all with the aim of ensuring the best care is provided to islanders and their families when they need our services.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to run, although my knees are telling me that my marathon days may be over! I’ve discovered yoga and Pilates which helps both my body and mind and I love walking my rescue dog Riley (aka Blimey O Riley when he manages to cause yet another garden disaster!)