KEMP Hospice hopes to address concerns revealed as part of a national survey into the future of hospice care in its latest strategic review.

The Commission into the Future of Hospice Care survey, commissioned by the charity Help the Hospices, showed that 80 per cent of people in the West Midlands think that the demand for hospice care will “rocket” in coming decades because of the UK's rapidly ageing population.

Kemp Hospice’s chairman Ron Whitfield said that the Wyre Forest-based charity has a “strong history of innovation and evolving to meet the needs of local people”.

The report added that 78 per cent of people in the West Midlands were concerned that there will not be enough hospice care available in the future to support them or their loved ones.

It also showed that the more than two thirds of people in the West Midlands, 74 per cent, regard hospices as "a place that offers compassionate care" but only 24 per cent of those surveyed know that care is available in people’s own homes.

KEMP Hospice chairman Ron Whitfield said: "We welcome the commission's timely report which comes as we launch our strategic review of the services which we provide to people within the Wyre Forest.

“We are very proud of the services Kemp has provided to the community of Wyre Forest and surrounding areas for over 30 years and it is clear that whilst we will need to adapt we have a strong history of innovation and evolving to meet the needs of local people.

"This month Kemp commences a new project, with the Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, to encourage Advance Care Planning with residents of local care homes and importantly there is our development of a new range of services designed for children and young people who have experienced the loss of a loved one.”

Anyone who would like to be involved in shaping the future of Kemp’s services can call chief executive Terry Osborn on 01562 756000 or email