Overstrand Hospice forms part of the international Hospice movement and is a member of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA). The HPCA partnership provides Overstrand Hospice with professional expertise, organisational capacity building, accredited palliative care standards (in collaboration with the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa – COHSASA), standardised training and networking opportunities between the more than 180 member Hospices.
Overstrand Hospice acknowledges the role of partnerships in providing support and care for people with life-threatening illnesses and relies on partnerships to provide palliative care, to promote awareness of it and for extending palliative care expertise to all in need of such care. This includes effective partnership between family members, carers, service providers, funders, government departments and other stakeholders as vital to the provision of quality care. The philosophy of palliative care reflects a multi-disciplinary approach as the patient’s doctor and the patient’s family are also considered to be partners in the care.
As a founding member of the Overstrand Palliative Care Forum, Overstrand Hospice is able to reach out, in collaboration with the networking partners in the Forum, to more people who need palliative care in the Overstrand from Rooi Els to Pearly Beach.
For financial sustainability, the Hospice relies heavily on partnerships with local sponsors, donors and funders, local government, generous corporate funders, service organisations and volunteers.
(Also see sponsors and Memorandums of Understanding)
A memorandum of understanding is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between two or more parties, indicating a common line of action. It is not a legally enforceable agreement – rather a formal alternative to a gentlemen’s agreement.
Overstrand Hospice is busy formalising such mutual agreements with key networking partners in line with our mission statement to provide professional palliative care in the Overstrand and to promote palliative care in collaboration with our networking partners.