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New chief nurse for Leicester acute trust

University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust has successfully poached a new chief nurse from one of its neighbouring acute organisations in the Midlands.

Rachel Overfield will join the trust on 9 September. She is currently the chief nurse at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

Ms Overfield is credited with being instrumental in achieving a 70% reduction in the Birmingham hospital-acquired pressure damage and 60% reduction in hospital falls, as well as improving end of life care and patient satisfaction scores.

She previously spent 12 years at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, where she was promoted through the ranks to director of nursing.

John Adler, chief executive at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Rachel is hugely energetic and is a driven nurse leader; I look forward to welcoming her to our senior team where I know she will help our hospitals to deliver the very highest levels of nursing care possible.”

Ms Overfield said: “My two main passions are nursing leadership and quality and I am really looking forward to tackling both of these with the team in Leicester.”

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