Hospice announces new clinical director

05 February 2015

A NEW Director of Clinical Services has been appointed to oversee all clinical teams at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Hospice announces new clinical director

Photo: Jo Carby, Director of Clinical Services at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Jo Carby, 42, will lead the teams responsible for the Inpatient Unit, Day Therapy service and community nursing services which care for people with life-limiting illnesses who live in their own homes.

Jo previously worked as Manager of the Hospice Nurse Specialists, a highly skilled team who care for patients in the last 12 months of life.

Mum-of-two Jo was educated in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh before beginning her career at Western General Hospital in the city where she worked in the oncology and haematology departments as a staff nurse.

In 1998 she applied to voluntary organisation VSO to work as a volunteer and spent 12 months in Yekaterinburg, Russia, working in an outpatient pain clinic and in a regional oncology unit helping patients at the end of their lives. She returned to Edinburgh for nine months followed by a further 15 months working in a radiation oncology ward in Yekaterinburg.

This was followed by three years as team manager at St Christopher's Hospice in London and a period as a Community Hospice Nurse Specialist at St Catherine's Hospice in Preston before Jo came to Wigan and Leigh Hospice in 2006 as Hospice Nurse Specialist Team Manager.

In 2009 Jo extended the Hospice Nurse Specialist service to seven days a week from five ensuring that patients and carers are supported at the weekend and urgent requests for medication can be met. The service also reduces the pressure on other healthcare professionals, such as District Nurses and GPs.

Jo said: "I'm overwhelmed and delighted that I've been chosen to lead the dedicated clinical teams we have at the Hospice. We are fortunate to be able to provide a wide range of services delivered by highly competent staff and I feel privileged to be leading them.
"Given my background I have a good knowledge of supporting people living in the community but want a better understanding of what life is like for the doctors and nurses in Day Therapy and on the Inpatient Unit. One of the first things I want to do is spent some time working in both teams."

Alan Baron, Hospice Chief Executive, said: "Jo has extensive experience of specialist palliative care and I am delighted that she has been appointed as our new Director.
"Under her guidance over the last nine years the Hospice Nurse Specialist team has flourished and I am confident she will be just as successful in her new role."

Jo replaces Chris Duddle who retired at the end of January after almost 14 years as Director of Clinical Services.

Jo began her new role on Monday, February 2nd.

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