Linda joins The Hospice of St Francis as our new Director of Care from St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, where her substantive post was Head of Supportive Care and where she was interim Director of Care for a year.
Linda has been a palliative care social worker for 25 years, during which time she has worked in a range of settings as a practitioner, manager, director and lecturer, working both in Scotland and England.
During her career, Linda has held various social work and counselling roles, including Widening Access Manager for Hospice UK. It is from this background that her passion to improve care at the end of life for people with learning disabilities has been fueled.
In 1998, her desire to see equitable access for all people to high quality end of life care led her to establish the National Network for Palliative Care of People with Learning Disabilities, which aims to raise awareness of the palliative care needs of people with learning disabilities and to share and promote best practice. This work was recognized when she was awarded the first Hambro-Macmillan Associate Fellowship in 2003.
An award was later created in her name to recognise organisations and individuals who have made a significant difference to the end of life care of people with learning disabilities.
Born in Glasgow, Linda now lives in London with her husband of 37 years, Peter, and their three-year-old Dalmatian, Mungo.
She has degrees in Theology, Social Work and Hospice Leadership and is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist.