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Scholl Academic Centre Launch

New Scholl Academic Centre Can Only Be A Good Thing To The People Of The Isle Of Man

20 March 2019

On Friday 15th March 2019, Hospice Isle of Man proudly launched their new Scholl Academic Centre. Speakers at the launch included Minister David Ashford, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Care, Mrs Susan Scholl and a panel of international partners from Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Professor Sarah McGhee (Hospice Isle of Man) and Principal Jo Pretty (UCM). The Centre is part of Hospice's commitment to 'Delivering what matters to you' as outlined in their strategy 'Much More Than A Building'.

Over the last few years Hospice's researchers have been engaging with people within the community to find out what matters to them. The key findings have been, that what matters to people most is choice, in where they live, where they receive their care and where they die when the time comes.

Talking about the launch Anne Mills, Hospice Isle of Man CEO said:

"The ability of Hospice to offer greater choice relies on a number of things; the provision of quality palliative and end of life care training and education; the development of a flexible Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care Service; and the innovation of new models of care. Creating the Scholl Academic Centre is fundamental to delivering our strategy and I am delighted that we have been able to move so quickly to being able to launch the centre. The work we do here will have a positive impact on our community in the following ways:

  • Academic research will allow us to develop and evaluate new models of integrated palliative and end of life care that better suit the needs of the people who use our service.
  • Palliative and end of life care training for other health care professionals, carers and the people that matter most, will give our patients and service users more choice in where they receive their ‘Hospice Influenced Care’.
  • The learning and sharing of knowledge with local, national and international partners will allow our staff to develop their skills, and then share this knowledge with other key partners in the community.
  • The creation of a more compassionate community on the Island will mean that more people are supported to live independently.

We already have lots to build on, with existing success in leading the joint needs assessment for integrated palliative and end of life care as part of the Island Plan, in leading Special Interest Groups within the International Centre for Integrated Care and with a programme of Project ECHO tele mentoring sessions successfully delivered to date.

At the launch Anne also discussed the many existing partnerships that the Scholl Academic Centre has already established, including universities in Hong Kong, Australia and the USA – a demonstration of the significance of this Centre on the world stage.

The Centre is being mostly funded by the Dr.Scholl Foundation through specific grant funding. Foundation representative, Susan Scholl, was in attendance to officially launch the Academic Centre, she said:

The Dr. Scholl Foundation believes that solutions to the problems of today's world lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion so it is entirely fitting for us to be the sponsor of the Scholl Academic Centre. The Scholl Foundation has changed the lives of many people across the world and we are very impressed at how the Centre as a locally based organisation here on the Island has attracted some of the most prestigious global partners to work with, this can only be a good thing for the people of the Isle of Man.

The Scholl Academic Centre I am sure will continue to grow as a beacon of best practice responding to what people want and supporting people to stay well for as long as possible, and when they reach the end of their lives and are at their most vulnerable. On behalf of the Dr Scholl Foundation I am delighted to officially open the Scholl Academic Centre today and look forward to seeing how the Centre makes a difference in supporting our Island community to live well and receive care in a place, and at a time, of their choice.

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