Eileen White has been appointed the new Director of Care at Haven House Children’s Hospice and says she is “extremely excited” to be taking on the new role in an announcement on Monday 7 March.

Prior to this appointment, Eileen had been working at Haven House for over three years in the role of Nurse Practice Educator, developing the care team and leading on internal and external education and training. She became Interim Director of Care in September 2015.  

Eileen comes with over 25 years’ experience in acute, tertiary and community nursing as well as a wealth of paediatric palliative care experience. Together with the rest of the senior management team, she has ambitious plans for Haven House to increase the number of children that it supports to 500 each year by the end of the decade as part of Vision 2020, its five-year strategy.

Haven House, which serves North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire, also plans to expand its community services to include a ‘hospice at home’ service for life-limited children, young people and their families.

Eileen White, Director of Care at Haven House said: “I am extremely excited about the future vision of Haven House particularly our plans to develop our hospice at home model. This will build on the foundations laid over the last 13 years. My priority remains to provide the highest quality palliative and holistic care services whenever and wherever our families need them.”

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, said: “We are delighted that Eileen is now our new Director of Care. She has immense expertise, professionalism and skill in the field of paediatric palliative care and we look forward to a bright future under her leadership of the care team.”

Eileen succeeds Christine Twomey who retired last year. Haven House is currently recruiting for nurses to join their expanding care team in order to build on its reputation for clinical excellence and increase the number of children and families that it supports.

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