Philip Ball

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Following jobs in the catering and retail industries, Philip began his career in healthcare in 1978 after a work colleague suggested he would make a good nurse.

Philip Ball in a suit smiling at the cameraPhilip undertook his training in Edgware and almost immediately decided he wanted to specialise in caring for those nearing the end of life. And after beginning his nursing in general hospitals, including Edgware, Milton Keynes and the Luton and Dunstable, an opportunity eventually arose to join a hospice team, moving to Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes in 1991.

Since then he has held almost every role, from staff nurse to Inpatient Unit manager, and was also involved in setting up a hospital palliative care team at Northampton General Hospital in 1993. Along the way, Philip has gained his BSc (Hon) in Nursing and an MA in Medical and Healthcare Ethics.

He joined St Clare Hospice in September 2015 from Sue Ryder’s Clinical Quality Team, having run the charity’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough since 2009.

Philip, who is a special advisor to the Care Quality Commission, believes enabling those in our care to flourish even as their lives are coming to a close is at the heart of the role St Clare plays in supporting people facing a terminal or life-limiting illness.