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Acting director of nursing new role

Posted on Wednesday 15th January 2014

Chris Platton

Acting Director of Nursing Chris Platton is to take up a new opportunity to create a strategy for nursing development.

Chris is taking up a secondment opportunity to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and will work between both organisations to create the new strategy in line with recommendations from various national reviews that took place in 2013 – Keogh, Berwick and Francis 11.

Although Chris will work directly within Northumbria Healthcare as Associate Director of Nursing Development, her wealth of experience and her work will support both organisations in ensuring we collectively meet the forthcoming challenges alongside delivering excellence in patient safety and quality.

As Associate Director of Nursing Development, she will report directly to Rosemary Stephenson, Executive Director of Nursing in Northumbria Healthcare.

Ann Farrar, Chief Executive for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris for her hard work and dedication to the Trust, in extremely difficult circumstances.  Her experience will serve her well in her new role and I wish her well in her new challenge and look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Rosemary Stephenson, Executive Director of Nursing for Northumbria Healthcare said: “2013 was a major milestone for the NHS and much has been written regarding the expectations and improvements required across the nursing profession.

“Northumbria Healthcare are seen as exemplars in many areas and, the role Chris will fulfill, will ensure both North Cumbria and Northumbria nurse developments guarantee the quality of care delivered across all of our hospital sites. I am looking forward to working very closely with Chris on this extremely important area.”

Chris Platton said: “I am really looking forward to my new role and pleased that this not only allows me to work with colleagues in Northumbria Healthcare but also my colleagues in North Cumbria.

“Much has been written about how long an improvement journey North Cumbria has.  The commitment from staff to improving patient care in North Cumbria is strong.  Whilst we still have far to go, I am confident that this commitment will be sustained and continue to drive real improvement at a ward level and I look forward to working with everyone in my new role.”

Estephanie Dunn, Operational Manager from the Royal College of Nursing said: “It is extremely important that all hospitals respond positively to the many reports on the NHS which were published in 2013.  Within them are clear recommendations for the nursing profession and it is welcomed that organisations, such as North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Northumbria Healthcare, respond in a way that focuses attention on the development of nurses.

“I wish Chris well in her new role and look forward to seeing this important work in action. I also look forward to continuing to work with North Cumbria as they focus on delivering real improvements for patients through the development of a nursing workforce that is able to deliver the effective care, with the right level of skill, at the right time and access to the appropriate support and resources.”