A new chief nurse has started in her post at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust with a pledge to draw up a nursing and midwifery strategy.
Susan Aitkenhead started work at the trust on 10 January, according to latest trust board papers.
“Susan brings with her a raft of experience in caring for patients and I know she is looking forward to joining our great team of nurses and helping us further improve our patients’ experience,” the board was told.
Ms Aitkenhead has previously been associate director for nursing at Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London and has also recently worked as executive director of nursing and midwifery in Australia.
In a statement, she said: “One of the first things I am doing is to establish a SASH nursing and midwifery strategy to clearly demonstrate the positive difference we make to patient outcomes, experience and care.”
The strategy will incorporate the principles set out in the national nursing strategy Compassion in Practice, which is focused on the 6Cs, she added.
“I am running forums with the trust’s nurses and midwives to get their ideas and proposals so everyone can be personally involved in shaping and owning important strategy,” she said.
Ms Aitkenhead also said: “We need to identify how we disseminate good practice and innovation, and ensure we work as one to drive out any inequities in care and experience across the trust.
“Key to this is learning from each other and externally, and being transparent and honest, particularly when things don’t go as well as they should – and everyone being empowered no matter what their role, to have their voice heard and their suggestions put forward.”