Catering partnership heralds a new era in hospice collaborations

Five Sisters Managed Services, which is part of St Joseph’s Hospice, has taken over responsibility for catering at Saint Francis Hospice.

There was excitement in the Saint Francis Orange Café at the official launch of the new catering service which marked the start of its partnership with St Joseph’s.

Patients, staff and visitors will benefit from an improved service and as a charity, the move will ensure the long-term sustainability of its catering offering.

“St Joseph’s and Saint Francis Hospice have always had a close relationship as we share a proud history of providing compassionate and experienced end of life care to our respective communities,” said Pam Court, Chief Executive Officer at Saint Francis Hospice.

“This is an exciting time for our Hospice and a new way of collaborative working where the work is being retained within hospice care.”

Pam Court also said this type of partnership working is being encouraged by our local NHS commissioners.

“It is a positive move meaning that we’ll be working in partnership with another local adult hospice with whom we also share commissioning contracts with the local NHS trust,” she added.

Tony McLean, Chief Executive of St Joseph’s Hospice, said ‘Five Sisters Managed Services is a new commercial venture for St Joseph’s; we offer our specialist expertise to other hospices if they think we can assist given the size and scope of our organisation.”

“We are therefore delighted to have been appointed by Saint Francis Hospice to deliver their catering service, and are excited about the potential for future opportunities afforded by sharing our services with each other.”


Pictured left to right: Paul Gwinn Saint Francis Hospice Trustee, Tony McLean St Joseph’s Hospice CEO, Pam Court Saint Francis Hospice CEO, Chris Franklin Saint Francis Hospice Head of Support Services, Jamie Palfrey Head of Catering Operations St Joseph’s Hospice and Five Sisters Managed Services.

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