Meet our newly appointed Director of Clinical Services, Emma Dixon as she takes on the role for the 50th anniversary year and beyond.
Emma joined our hospice as Head of Clinical Services in March this year and will start her new role on 5th October, taking over from Rachel McMillan, who has been appointed as Chief Executive.
It’s such an exciting time to be part of the St Ann’s team and I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role. It’s a real honour to be part of such a dedicated and hardworking team, and as we approach our 50th birthday in May 2021, it’s going to be fantastic to look back at half a century of caring for local people, whilst also focussing on the path ahead. Hospice care has changed significantly since 1971 when we opened our doors, but the ethos of patient-centred care has always remained the same. It’s not been the easiest of years for any of us, and at the hospice, we’ve had to ensure we’ve been adept at responding to changes quickly and efficiently, whilst also keeping the needs of our patients and their families at the heart of all of the decisions we’ve made. I’ve been really proud of the way our teams have worked so hard on the front line, supporting colleagues in the NHS, and ensuring our services could continue to grow and adapt. We operate within a very complex landscape, both in terms of the challenges around fundraising – especially in a pandemic – and more broadly in terms of the political, economic and healthcare environments. But, despite there being challenges ahead, there are opportunities too and I’m confident that we can continue to collaborate with others across Greater Manchester, as we lead the way in providing specialist palliative and end of life care to those who need our care. Emma Dixon, Director of Clinical Services
Emma is a Registered Nurse and joined St Ann’s from her previous role as Cancer Services Manager at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her experience also includes time as Matron at East Cheshire Hospice, and Senior Clinical Quality and Clinical Project Manager (Cancer & End of Life Care) for NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive, said:
I’m so pleased that Emma is taking on this important role, especially at such an exciting time for the organisation. Since joining us earlier this year, she has made a real impact, and has worked with our clinical teams and others across the organisation to ensure that our patients and their loved ones have been able to continue accessing the care and support they need throughout the pandemic. She will be a great addition to our hospice’s Executive Team, and will be pivotal in driving forward our clinical strategy in the coming months and years. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive