Imelda Glackin, Martlets CEO, qualified as a Registered General Nurse in Dublin in 1987. She then moved across the water to London to work in Hematology and Oncology in The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead and Kings College Hospital. In 1994 Imelda decided to return to university to consider a completely different subject, Environmental Science, which she found fascinating and it gave her an opportunity to stand back and review her future. However a chance encounter with a London Hospice in 1997 ignited her passion to work within palliative and end of life care.
The sea called and Imelda moved to Brighton and started work with Martlets, firstly rolling out the Hospice at Home service and then to service development across the organisation. This included the setting up of Martlets Care Agency followed by the Palliative Care Partnership, a partnership between Martlets and NHS Sussex Community Foundation Trust Palliative Care Team providing 24hour specialist support for patients, carers and healthcare professionals.
Martlets receives less than one third of their funding from the NHS and so the challenge to continually generate the income required to ensure Martlets can continue to provide life changing hospice care to the people of Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas, is Imelda’s greatest motivator.