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Governance in changing times : the experiences of hospice trustees in the United Kingdom.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Palliative Medicine
Issue number8
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)718-722
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Hospice trustees are volunteers who are vital to the governance and management of independent, charitable hospices, yet little is known about their roles and concerns. This paper presents some findings from a qualitative study which explored the views and perspectives of hospice trustees in the UK. Twenty hospice trustees took part in semi-structured telephone interviews, which were analysed using an iterative thematic approach. Nine themes emerged from the analysis, and were grouped into two major categories. One theme, ‘becoming a trustee’, is presented in this paper to illustrate trustees’ concerns about the challenges they face in adapting to change. The pace of change currently facing hospices in the UK is an issue of particular concern to trustees, presenting ongoing challenges for this group of volunteers. The study also raises wider questions about how hospices wish to position themselves in the future.