Bob Dawson

Bob Dawson

Bob has bachelor degrees in Sociology and masters degrees in Criminology and Social Work. He joined the Probation Service in 1978 and worked as a probation officer in Inner London and Cambridgeshire before taking up a training officer post in Cambridgeshire Social Services in 1985. He remained with Social Services until 1999 working in a range of middle and senior management roles. In these roles Bob was involved in the redesign of older peoples and children’s services. After 2 years with the Audit Commission, carrying out whole authority reviews of social care services, Bob moved to the NHS in 2001, working for Cambridgeshire Health Authority and the Primary Care Trusts that followed , as the lead for children’s services policy and commissioning. Bob Chaired the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children and Young People’s Palliative Care Network and was a member of the regional network. Bob left the NHS to work as an independent consultant in August 2009. A major focus of Bob’s work as an independent consultant has been on services for children and young people with complex needs and disabilities and palliative care needs. Bob continues to support the Eastern Region Palliative Care Strategic Network.
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX