chYps started life in 1994 as the Children & Young Peoples’ Service of EllenorLions Hospices in North West Kent ( Dartford, Gravesend, Swanley). It then grew to include the London Borough of Bexley.
We are a charitable organisation, a member of ACT and registered with the Care Quality Commission.
We have always had a very clear focus: to enable Children and Young People with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to receive full hospice care in their and their families’ place of choice, which is overwhelmingly their own home.
We were the UK’s first children’s full hospice at home service, and still one of only a very few acute services providing oncology and end of life care to children in the home.
We have an on-going case load of more than 100 children and young people.
A recent needs analysis study conducted by Kent and Medway Children’s Palliative Care Network’s concluded that there is not an NHS community children’s nursing team in the NHS West Kent area that is currently able to offer 24/7 access to advice and support for children and young people at the end of their life.
Consequently, NHS West Kent asked chYps to work in partnership with them to expand our service into Mid & South West Kent (Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells).
We shall initially be focusing on providing 24 hour palliative and end of life care to those children and young people in most urgent need, but are raising funds to progressively phase in our full service.