Help Us Keep It Local

Update - September 2021

We are pleased to bring you the latest update for the campaign to keep Cransley Hospice local.

Since our last update in December 2020, a substantial amount of work has been done by Cransley Hospice Trust (CHT), and we are delighted to report on the positive progress.

The extensive four-year search by CHT for suitable sites to house the new hospice has now been concluded.  This project has undertaken a detailed evaluation of over 22 potential sites and has now identified a viable option within North Northamptonshire. The site includes capacity to accommodate the current services offered by the hospice, with options for future expansion that would meet the demands of a modern hospice.

January 2021 saw renewed engagement to the project from Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT), following the reinvigoration of a Project Board comprising senior representatives from both NHFT and CHT.  Both parties agreed actions and priorities for the project and are engaged and committed to working in partnership towards improving end of life care for our local community. We thank senior leaders at NHFT for their commitment and ongoing support.

CHT presented its project conclusions to the NHFT Board in April, along with a robust outline business plan.  NHFT has committed to carrying out a full review of this and other options and will inform CHT of the outcome of their considerations by late Autumn.

Meanwhile, we have been working with NHFT to secure an extension to the lease on the existing Cransley Hospice building that is due to expire at the end of 2023. Whilst not yet finalised, we are pleased to report that discussions are advancing positively.

Whilst there have been good levels of engagement from both sides, there is still work to be done before a solution is agreed and we continue to work with NHFT to move the project forward with plans to retain and modernise end of life care in North Northamptonshire. In addition, CHT has also now completed the background preparations and is ready to launch a capital fundraising appeal to support the project and to this end have secured a significant high-value donation.

CHT is fully committed to working in partnership with NHFT to secure a sustainable home for our future hospice and end of life care in North Northamptonshire.

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Update - December 2020

Artist’s impression of the new Cransley Hospice 

Our preferred option is to purpose build a new hospice in the north of the county, and our vision for this is to make our plans for the new Cransley Hospice become a reality.

The current project plan - Time plan

The Cransley Hospice Help us Keep it local campaign launched in February 2020 just prior to the first lockdown.  Its aim was to raise awareness of the expiring lease on the Cransley Hospice building adjacent to the St Mary’s Hospital site in Kettering.

Whilst the pandemic and the lockdown stalled our progress for a while, work is running at full pace again now!

The campaign was successful in so far as it put the future of the hospice firmly on the agenda.  It has opened conversations which will help us find a new site for the hospice and over 3,000 Cransley Hospice supporters have very kindly pledged their support for the Charter campaign to keep the hospice in the north of the county.

Help Us Keep It Local - February 2020

We’re proud of the work we do and want it to continue. That’s why as we care for people today, we’re also planning for the future.

We have an exciting vision to build a new hospice for the 21st century. This is a fantastic opportunity to create something which safeguards our service, and which can expand to meet the needs of a growing population.

Achieving this is crucial because the lease for our current inpatient unit in Kettering ends in 2023.

Unless we find a new local home, our hospice beds will be lost – leaving none in North Northamptonshire.

That would force people needing inpatient hospice care to travel to Northampton or beyond – including those without their own transport. It’s vital we don’t allow this to happen. We must continue to have a hospice building in the area.

Our plans are ambitious but realistic. Building a new hospice will cost around £8.5m. The Cransley Hospice Trust has committed to raising at least £3m, and we’re seeking support from our local health and care system to provide the balance.

To help us succeed, we need your support. You can help by pledging your backing online or via the "Charter" in the Cransley Hospice Shop or Cafe, and encouraging others to do the same.

The need for change

The lease for the Cransley Hospice building adjoining St Mary’s Hospital is coming to an end and will not be renewed.

In any case, the unit is cramped, overcrowded, poorly laid out and lacking storage space. It does not offer the facilities for families and carers that other hospices can provide, such as private rooms for discussions with families.

The hospice urgently needs to find a new home, if people in the north of the county are to continue to have access to specialist end-of-life inpatient care close to home.

The best option is to build a new hospice (possibly as part of a larger health or social care development) – initially to replace our existing nine beds, but with the capacity to expand in future.

Population projections show that the number of specialist end-of-life care beds needed for North Northamptonshire (to support both cancer patients and those with other life-limiting conditions) will need to double to 18 by 2028.

Even though the hospice’s lease doesn’t expire until 2023, the relocation process needs to start now. It will take time to find a site, get planning permission, secure all the funding and construct the building. The clock is ticking.

Show your support

To make our vision a reality, we need to secure investment from Northamptonshire’s health and social care system.

There are several ways you can show your support:

  • Sign our CHARTER to pledge your backing by filling in the FORM.
  • Tell friends, family and colleagues about the challenge we face, and ask them to sign our Charter too.
  • Follow us and share our posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn – and encourage others to do the same.

Read answers to questions you may have here Cransley Hospice FAQs