The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust appoints new Chief Nurse

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The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust appoints new Chief Nurse
27 January 2015

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs North Manchester and Fairfield General Hospitals, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary, has appointed a new Chief Nurse.

Gill Harris, who is currently working as the Chief Nurse for NHS England, North of England, will start at the Trust on 1st April. She will take over from Mandie Sunderland who is leaving the Trust at the end of January to move to a Chief Nurse post in Nottingham, which is closer to her home.

The Trust employs 9,000 staff including around 4,000 nurses across its hospitals and community services.

In addition to taking charge and leading the Trust’s qualified and non-qualified nursing staff, midwifery staff, healthcare assistants and trainee nurses, Gill will take over responsibility for clinical governance, quality and patient safety, infection control and prevention, safeguarding, and patient experience.

She will also take forward the Trust’s new “3 Steps to Excellence” Nursing & Midwifery Strategy which was launched last year. The three year programme will enable the Trust to become nationally recognised for excellence in delivering the highest standards of nursing and midwifery care through its professional image, standards of care, workforce and patient experience. The Trust recently rolled out a new system for monitoring real time patient safety and nursing standard indicators.

At the moment the Trust is currently looking to recruit more nurses locally and from overseas. In June 2013 it invested over £3 million into nurse staffing levels and introduced wholly supervisory ward sisters across its 39 acute medical and surgical inpatient wards. Part of this initiative was to invest in 100 more frontline nurses and healthcare assistants.

In her current role Gill leads on delivering high quality care and measuring impact, this includes leading on the Open and Honest Care: Driving Improvement Programme. Gill is also currently leading on a national work stream which includes Safer Staffing and Nurse Contact Hours. She is a member of a number of committees and boards, both regionally and nationally. Gill has also chaired a number of the Keogh reviews and is now actively involved in CQC reviews and inspections.

Prior to this, Gill was seconded to NHS North of England SHA cluster as chief nurse. Gill has also held the posts Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Nursing and Performance and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s new Chief Nurse Gill Harris said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team of dedicated clinical professionals at Pennine to provide every one of their patients with the best nursing care possible. From my previous role as Director of Nursing for the north of England, I have seen that Pennine is a trust that is fully committed to improving the care and treatment of all of its patients and I am really excited to be involved in driving the continuous improvement of its services forward even further once I take up my new role.”

Dr Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“On behalf of the Trust I am really pleased to welcome Gill in joining us as a senior member of the management team and on the Board of Directors. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in nursing and clinical governance, patient safety and clinical improvement both at ward level and strategic level. I am sure she will make a positive impact with both the patients and staff when she joins us here in April. Our Chief Nurse post is a really important role not only in leading our 4,000 nursing and midwifery staff, but also in helping us drive up and sustain high standards of care for our patients.”

The appointment of Gill Harris to Chief Nurse will be supported by the recent appointment of Kimberly Salmon-Jamieson as Deputy Chief Nurse. Kimberly, who started in post on 1st January 2015, was previously Deputy Chief Nurse at University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust (UHSM).