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Chief executive leaving St Clare
TANYA Curry is leaving her position as
chief executive of St Clare Hospice.
Ms Curry, who joined St Clare in 2008 as
Director of Patient Care, has been at the head
of the organisation since 2011.
She leaves to form her own consultancy business
specialising in the charity and healthcare
She said: “It is with mixed emotions that I
stand down at the end of April. It has not been
an easy decision to make after eight years at St
Clare - an organisation that I love. But it is
with happiness and pride that I look back on all
that the team has achieved and the huge strides
the organisation has taken over the past
“When I came to St Clare in 2008 we cared for
around 400 people a year at our centre in
Hastingwood. We now care for more than 1,800
people every year, both in the hospice and
across the west Essex community.
"One of my proudest achievements has been
the establishment of our Community services,
including Hospice at Home, which has enabled us
to care for so many more people in the comfort
of their own homes.”
She added: “The hardest part about saying
goodbye to St Clare will be leaving behind the
opportunity to meet inspiring and incredibly
brave people every single day. Our patients,
their families, our staff and volunteers.
"Every day has brought the opportunity to
be part of the St Clare family. I am humbled to
have been given that privilege.”
St Clare Hospice chairman Patrick Foster said:
“On behalf of the Board I would like to thank
Tanya for all she has achieved in her time as
"Tanya has brought St Clare into an era
characterised by professionalism and efficiency.
The result of this, and Tanya’s dedication,
has been to continually grow St Clare’s
services, enabling us to help four times as many
people as we did in 2008."
Ms Curry's replacement is Sarah Thompson who
joins St Clare from St Joseph’s Hospice in
east London where she is currently Director of
Fundraising and Engagement.
Hospital highlights special staff
PATIENTS, clinicians and other staff
members whose innovations improve patients’
care are celebrated in a new 'Amazing People'
campaign at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The campaign focuses on putting people at the
heart of what the hospital does, whether they
are a patient, employee, volunteer or visitor.
It features award-winning staff who demonstrated
core values in caring and innovation, and the
maternity department, which the Care Quality
Commission rated Outstanding in 2016.
Sue Martin and Pam Taylor earned awards for
their impact on patients and services.
Sue, a Dementia volunteer, was motivated by
David, her late partner of 24 years, who had
She was his full-time carer and visits dementia
patients at the hospital.
She said: "I can’t fault the care people
receive in the wards. I feel happy hearing from
families and ward staff that I’ve had a good
impact on a dementia patient.
"I knew nothing about dementia. I ordered
books, searched the web, checked UK, US and
Australian sites. It’s something you have to
absorb to understand.
"I think this hospital is brilliant. I look
forward to coming in every week."
Sue was nominated by Dementia Support
Practitioner David Page.
He said: "Every week Sue gives up her time
to sit with patients who are living with
dementia. She talks to patients, reads with
them, plays games or simply holds their hands
and comforts them.
"People with dementia are often very lonely
and scared in a busy hospital ward. Luckily, we
have Sue, and nothing is too much trouble for
"Every patient is important to her, and the
positive impact she has on patients cannot be
Acute Pain Clinical Nurse Specialist Pam Taylor
was invited by the British Pain Society to join
its Acute Pain Special Interest Group.
Pam, who has worked at the hospital for 15
years, said: "I thoroughly enjoy coming to
work. I would certainly recommend coming to this
hospital. I think the staff here really are
She was also awarded for 'Living the Values -
Caring’ in the last staff awards.
Her nominator, Matron-in-Surgery Maxine Priest
said: "Her caring personality and nature
embody how a nurse should be.
"I am proud to say that I am inundated, on
a weekly basis, with patient feedback
compliments for Pam. They all state what a kind
and caring nurse she is who goes the extra mile
to look after them."
The hospital's HR director, Liz Booth, said:
"Through this campaign we recognise those
amazing people who provide our high quality
service and go above and beyond to ensure that
our patients receive the best possible
"It is a pleasure to see the faces and
stories of our award-winning staff in posters
and displays across the hospital."
Hospice run raises over £8,000
MORE than 300 runners took part in the St
Clare Hospice 10k race which is expected to have
raised over £8,000.
The participants, including four wheelchair
athletes, followed the course which started and
finished at the Hastingwood hospice.
GB Paralympian Richard Chiassaro won the
wheelchair race in 23mins 25secs.
Richard, who competed in the Rio 2016
Paralympics and coaches the Harlow Wheelchair
Racing Squad, finished with three other members
of his Harlow-based squad - Joe Brazier (35mins
30secs), Adam Goldspink-Burgess (35mins 36secs)
and Martin Pistorius (44mins 31secs).
The winner of the men's race was Thomas Grimes
(Orion Harriers) in 33 mins 54secs.
He was followed by Afewerk Rosson (35mins
19secs), of Herts Phoenix AC, and Paul Scanlan
(35mins 42secs) of Woodford Green AC.
Lindsay Russell-Smith (Ware Joggers) won the
womens race in 43mins 6secs with Alison
Trauttmansdorff (Orion Harriers) second (43mins
24secs) and Carinne Jay (Harlow Running Club)
third (43mins 47secs).
St Clare Hospice's fundraising development
manager Jamie Hooper said: "It was a
brilliant day and, as ever, it was so humbling
to witness the support shown by the hundreds of
people who took part and volunteered.
"A huge congratulations to our wonderful
runners and a massive thank you to them for
contributing to an amazing amount raised for the
"It is events like this that help to make
St Clare the wonderful place that it is - and
mean we can continue to care for local people
and their families.”
The full results are on the hospice's website www.stclarehospice.org.uk/news
Drug dealer jailed
A WOMAN who admitted dealing Class A
drugs has been jailed for more than two years
following an investigation by Essex Police’s
West Operation Raptor team.
Bana Habtegiorgis, 27, of Longfield, Harlow,
admitted possessing Class A drugs with intent to
supply when she appeared at Chelmsford Crown
The court heard how officers searched the
Longfield flat on May 25 last year. Several
people, including Habtegiorgis, were found
inside the home.
They were all handcuffed and searched and when
Habtegiorgis was moved from the sofa where she
was sat, officers found a parcel which contained
44 wraps of crack cocaine and 28 wraps of
Habtegiorgis was arrested and declined to make
any comment during her subsequent police
She was charged and admitted supplying Class A
drugs and was given a 30-month jail term.
Sgt James Paget, of the West Operation Raptor
team, said: "Those people who are involved
in supplying drugs in our community should know
that it is only a matter of time before we are
knocking on their door.
"Habtegiorgis was found in a property with
a significant amount of Class A drugs, we
stopped those drugs from reaching the streets
and put Habtegiorgis behind bars where she now
has two years to think about her behaviour.
"We will continue to target those people
involved in drug-related crime and we would urge
the community to support us by giving any
information in relation to this crime.”
Anyone with information about drug or
gang-related crime in their community can ring
Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111.
Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in
the north, south and west of the county to
target gang and drug-related crime.
Boys assaulted at knifepoint
TWO boys suffered minor injuries when
they were assaulted at knifepoint and robbed of
their mobile phones by three men.
The 17-year-old boys were in Long Banks when the
incident happened at 11pm on Friday (April 7).
The men are described as black, aged between 19
and 25 and wearing dark clothing.
Witnesses or anyone with information should ring
DC Rachel Anderson at Harlow CID on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Man charged with child rape and
slavery offences after car wash raid
A HARLOW man has been charged with rape
of a child aged under 13 and four offences under
the Modern Slavery Act 2015 after police
executed a warrant at an Epping car wash.
Officers executed the warrant at a car wash in
Bower Hill on Friday following information
passed to them and the Community Safety
Partnership by local residents.
Following the warrant four Romanian children
have been safeguarded.
Catalin-Florin Buica, 24, of Pennymead, Harlow,
appeared before Chelmsford magistrates today. He
was remanded until a future date.
Hospice holding 'Go Bright' week
8.15am - 8th
ST Clare Hospice is calling on schools,
businesses and community groups to take part in
its first ‘Go Bright for St Clare’
The week-long campaign runs from Monday, May 22,
until Sunday, May 28 with an array of ‘bright’
events being held for the hospice.
Community fundraising lead Dani De’ath said:
“‘Go Bright’ is all about supporting St
"Our lovely, bright St Clare logo is all
the colours of the rainbow and we want to
celebrate the brightness and happiness that St
Clare brings to the lives of our community by
holding a week of bright, rainbow-coloured
For more information and to download a free
resource pack, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/go-bright-st-clare/,
ring Dani on 01279 773738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council to axe top jobs to save
3.03pm - 7th
TWO of Harlow Council's top senior
managers are to leave the authority by agreement
to save the council money.
Chief executive Malcolm Morley will leave at or
before the end of October with chief operating
officer Graham Branchett leaving at or before
At last night’s council meeting councillors
agreed a proposal which will see both posts
deleted and replaced by a new single managing
Up to 2021 the council needs to continue saving
money to meet Government funding reductions.
Reducing the top management team to one post
will save over £424,000 over the next four
To seek to ensure continuity, pending the
recruitment of a managing director, Mr Morley
will remain in post until October or earlier by
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said: “My
priority is that we always consider options to
save money and to ensure that frontline services
are protected for residents.
"Whilst a huge amount has been achieved to
reduce costs and to protect services we now have
to look further at our senior management team
"Reducing the council’s most senior
management structure to one post will not impact
on frontline services but will help to protect
services and other jobs in future by
contributing significantly to meeting the
overall level of savings the council will need
"Malcolm and Graham have made a big
contribution to the council and to Harlow over
their combined 31 years of service and I wish
them well for the future.”
Football coach jailed for nine
2.34pm - 7th
A FOOTBALL coach has been jailed for nine
years for grooming and sexual activity with
Robert Ellis, 50, met one of the 15-year-old
victims online in April 2015.
He invited him to football matches, claimed to
have talent spotted goalkeepers and offered to
coach the teenager, who was from
Ellis, a civil servant, of Church End, Harlow,
arranged to meet him in a park in July 2015
where they played football and later went for a
The boy’s mother reported Ellis to local
police after finding out and banned her son from
contacting him again. However they resumed
contact in December 2015 and arranged to meet.
This was reported to police and Ellis was
arrested in January last year, before the
meeting could take place.
During the course of their enquiries, officers
spoke to another young man who said he had been
in a sexual relationship with Ellis when he was
15 after they met online.
The victim told how they had twice engaged in
sexual activity, once after Ellis had taken him
to Chessington World of Adventures and the
second time after he had taken him out for
During the police investigation it was also
found Ellis had been banned by the Football
Association from taking part in any FA-football
related activity involving under 18s, since
However, he continued to take part in informal
football sessions in Harlow that were not
covered by this ban.
Whilst on bail, Ellis met a 14-year-old boy and
engaged in sexual touching with him. He was
further arrested and remanded. Ellis denied one
charge of meeting a boy aged under 16 following
grooming, six counts of engaging in sexual
activity with a boy aged under 15 and three
counts of sexual touching.
He stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court where
he was found guilty of all charges on February
He was sentenced today to nine years and made
subject of a sexual harm prevention order and
will be added to the sex offenders register for
Speaking after the hearing, investigating
officer Detective Sergeant Clayton Ford, of
Essex Police’s Online Investigation Team,
said: "This is a worrying grooming case
where Ellis used his love of football and the
suggestion of gifts or trips to various places
to try and get a teenage victim into a situation
where he could carry out sexual acts with
"Thankfully the victim’s family were able
to recognise the risk from the messages
exchanged and report the situation to
"Where Ellis was able to get unsupervised
access to the other teenagers in this case, he
went on to commit serious sexual offences.
"This case highlights the dangers of
manipulative individuals operating on the
internet looking to identify and exploit
vulnerability or a common interest that will
give them the opportunity to meet children for
their own sexual gratification.
"I am grateful to the victims, whose
courage and assistance has been essential in
Ellis’s prosecution and possibly preventing
further victims coming to harm.
"I would urge all children, and their
parents or guardians, to have a look at the www.thinkuknow.co.uk
website and to be vigilant about the motives of
people they do not know who approach them
VOTE 2017: Deadline to register to
7.50am - 3rd
VOTERS have until April 13 to make sure
they are registered to vote in May’s county
Essex County Council is reminding residents to
check they are eligible to vote on May 4 as part
of the Electoral Commission’s nationwide On
Your Doorstep campaign.
Residents are warned they could lose their right
to vote if they miss the registration
To apply to register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
before Thursday, April 13.
Health trusts merge
3.35pm - 1st
THE merger of South Essex Partnership
University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) and North
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation NHS
Trust (NEP) has been approved.
The trusts have been replaced by the new Essex
Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT).
This is the first merger between two NHS
Foundation Trusts under the current rules.
A statement describes the merger as "a
significant achievement by both Trusts to help
secure the future provision of local mental
health and community health
When making the decision to merge, the trusts
took into account the green risk rating awarded
to the proposals by their external regulator,
This is the best risk rating possible and
follows a review by NHSI of the plans and the
process over the past few months.
Sally Morris, SEPT's chief executive and chief
executive of EPUT’s interim board, said: “The
result has only been made possible through the
tremendous amount of hard work by very many of
our staff, patients, carers and the support of
our NHS and local authority partners and we are
extremely grateful to everyone involved.
"The merger is an excellent outcome for
local people who rely on our services. We have
said from the start that we would be stronger
"Now we can harness the real enthusiasm we
have to take the best from both organisations to
deliver sustainable and transformative mental
health, learning disabilities and community
health services for the benefit of people in
Essex and Bedfordshire."
There will be no immediate changes to services
with the trust promising “business as usual”
for service users and carers "for the
Any changes to current services are likely to be
subject to formal consultation.
Maternity training get funding
3.30pm - 1st
NEONATAL advanced life support at
Princess Alexandra Hospital is one of the vital
maternity areas set to benefit through new
training funding of £50,333.
The money comes from Health Education England’s
Maternity Safety Training Fund programme.
Areas that will benefit from the funding are
Resilience Training and Childbirth Emergencies
in the Community while a Labour Ward Leaders
course will be provided for more than 100
Courses will be run by organisations such as the
Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Baby Lifeline,
and Global Air Training.
They are designed to increase safety and improve
outcomes for the women who give birth in the
unit and wider community.
Staff who will be trained include midwives,
obstetricians, obstetric nurses and
Chief Nurse Nancy Fontaine said: “We welcome
this funding which will help to further improve
our trust’s outstanding maternity department.”
The training will run throughout the new
The Maternity Safety Training Fund programme has
distributed more than £8m across all NHS trusts
with maternity services in England to deliver
training to improve maternity safety.
Some 136 NHS trusts, including all 134 acute
trusts with maternity units, have received
funding to implement packages of
It will focus on the key patient safety
improvement areas of maternity team leadership,
multi-professional team working and
communication, human factors training, fetal
growth and monitoring, plus midwifery, obstetric
and CTG (Cardiotocography) skills and drills.