A new Director of Care has been appointed at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, as her predecessor retires from the role.
Liz Webster has joined Bluebell Wood from Leeds Beckett University, where she was a senior lecturer in children’s health and community care. She brings to the role a wealth of experience, as she has a 30 year background in children’s nursing, academia and research.
The appointment has been made after the retirement of the outgoing Director of Care at Bluebell Wood, Julie Devine, who led the Care Team for three years. Julie said: “I leave Bluebell Wood with many happy memories and a real sense of fulfilment. It has been a privilege and honour to be part of this incredible organisation supporting children, young adults and families through really tough times.”
Liz takes on the Director of Care role from this week. She will be looking at strategically expanding and developing care services at Bluebell Wood and aims to increase learning and development opportunities for Care Team members, as well as look at ways in which to constantly evolve support for families.
She said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Bluebell Wood and I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my career.
“Bluebell Wood is a really forward-thinking and inspirational place to work. We are focused completely on delivering specialist support to hundreds of children and young adults across the region with life-shortening conditions, all while surrounded with love and laughter.”
It costs more than £4m a year to keep Bluebell Wood’s doors open and the charity only receives around 10% of its funds from government sources. Bluebell Wood supports children both in the North Anston hospice and in family homes.
Claire Rintoul, Chief Executive at Bluebell Wood, said: “I’d like to thank Julie for her hard work and dedication to Bluebell Wood; I wish her all the best for a very happy retirement.
“I’m pleased to welcome Liz to our Strategic Management Team. She will bring a wealth of strategic knowledge to our organisation and I look forward to working with her on the future developments at Bluebell Wood. We are here to provide choice to families about where and when they receive our support. Liz’s role will help us to continually make sure we are fit for the future, always adapting our services to reach all the families who need us.”