Nurse to help guide strategy of charity for seriously ill children

Sue Hogg, director of children and families at Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, joined the board of Together for Short Lives last month and will help to steer the charity’s strategy and governance.

“We have a great deal to learn from the work done by Children’s Hospices Across Scotland”

Hilary Cass

Ms Hogg is a registered general and registered sick children’s nurse and worked in hospital and community nursing posts before her first move into children’s palliative care in 1993.

She “brings a wealth of experience and knowledge” to the board of Together for Short Lives, noted the charity.

This includes a BSc in Nursing Studies and Palliative Care, a postgraduate certificate in professional education and is currently working towards an MSc in Healthcare Management.

She was also awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2005 and completed a King’s Fund leadership development programme in 2011.

The charity noted that 49,000 babies, children and young people were living in the UK with health conditions that are life-limiting or life-threatening – and the number is rising.

It highlighted that many of these children have complex conditions and need specialist care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Its overall aim is to make sure the UK’s 49,000 seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together, whether that’s for years, months or only hours.

Tracy Tait, interim director of brand and marketing at Penny Brohn UK, has also joined the board of trustees.

Ms Hogg said she was excited about joining the charity’s board of trustees, describing it as the “icing on the cake of a long professional connection with the organisation”.

She said: “I am aiming to bring an absolute commitment to supporting [the] team to deliver on the ambition of Together for Short Lives to achieve positive change for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families.”

Dr Hilary Cass, chair of trustees for Together for Short Lives, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming two such high calibre trustees on to the board.

“We have a great deal to learn from the work done by Children’s Hospices Across Scotland in developing a really strong networked model, and we will benefit enormously from Sue’s involvement in this work, as well as her obvious enthusiasm, and her extensive nursing experience across a range of settings,” she said.

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Staff at Together For Short Lives

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The staff team at the charity Together For Short Lives (2019)