Weldmar Hospicecare Trust is a high profile and much loved charity in Dorset providing palliative care in people’s homes, in the Dorchester hospice, nursing homes and community hospitals. The Charity plays an important role in a county with a very large and rapidly growing population of older people. Weldmar is the only agency providing specialist palliative care in north, south and west Dorset – a population of 235,000. Weldmar has an income of £8 million and 220 employees plus over 600 dedicated volunteers.
Prospectus was asked to lead the search for Weldmar’s next CEO, who will lead the organisation forward. The principal challenge facing the Trust is the forecast rise in demand for services due to Dorset’s extremely skewed demographics, together with the growing aspiration of patients for more choice. This requires capacity to provide flexible responsive services to patients at home, a great challenge in a very rural area with an uncoordinated and lean public sector resource. To continue to provide high quality services to people with a limited life in the future it would need to make massive changes. They needed someone with energy, integrity and creativity to lead the team into a different future.
Caroline Hamblett was appointed to the post and took up the post in January 2016.
She has worked for one of the leading providers of end-of-life and palliative care, Marie Curie Cancer Care, for over 20 years. Caroline has held a variety of positions at MCCC, starting in HR and then leading Operations (Retail, HR, FM, Skills and Training and Health & Safety) and most recently working as Executive Director of Services. Caroline is currently living in Hampshire and worked in London. She will be relocating to Dorset in due course.
Stephen Baynard, Chairman of the Board at Weldmar Hospicecare Trust said "Weldmar appointed Prospectus following a competitive pitch process to conduct the search for a new Chief Executive. They clearly demonstrated a good understanding of the brief and the challenges facing the sector we operate in. Their team was able to translate this into a compelling piece of quality marketing to attract a multitude of high calibre candidates.
But more important than that, the Consultant managed to get “under the skin” of the organisation, to appreciate the culture of the organisation and to understand the type of candidate that would fit best with the organisation overall. We were kept updated and informed throughout the search and Prospectus delivered a comprehensive and high quality shortlist from which we appointed our excellent current CEO, Caroline Hamblett."