New Director of Nursing and Quality appointed

A new Director of Nursing and Quality has been appointed at the Trust which runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals.

Deirdre Fowler has been appointed to the role at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital, in Telford.

Deirdre, who is currently Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust will join SaTH on 1 May 2017.

She has a wealth of experience in the NHS following completion of her nurse training in Dublin in 1988 and subsequently as a midwife in Croydon, South London in 1994.

Deirdre said:  “I’m excited to be joining SaTH as Director of Nursing and Quality.

“I’m really passionate about making improvements for patients, their families and hearing their stories. For me, our patients are the first and last point of all my decisions. I also want to grow the voice of nurses and midwives at the Trust.

“SaTH values are very much aligned to my own and I’m looking forward to joining the Trust and to meeting as many staff and patients as I can to hear their views.

“Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales is a beautiful area and I look forward to finding out more about the region and exploring it further.”

Simon Wright, Chief Executive at SaTH, said: “This is a first class appointment and I’m delighted Deirdre is joining SaTH.

“Her experience, empathy for our patients and drive for improvement will play a big role on our journey to provide the safest and kindest care in the NHS.”

Deirdre replaces Sarah Bloomfield who recently left the Trust. Colin Ovington will be interim Director of Nursing and Quality until Deirdre joins. Colin will then remain with SaTH from May until August 2017 reporting into the Chief Executive to support the Trust’s quality improvement programme and Transforming Care work.

Deirdre has been Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust since May 2014.

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