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New nurse chief for East Anglian mental health provider

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Jane Sayer as its new director of nursing, quality and patient safety.

Ms Sayer, who will join the trust on 28 October, is currently acting director of nursing and education at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

She qualified as a mental health nurse in 1990 and has since worked in inpatient and community mental health settings and as a practice development tutor.

Ms Sayer also spent time at the former strategic health authority NHS London, providing assurance on re-provision of learning disability services and leading a programme of research into improving the employability of newly-qualifying nurses.

She said: “I hope to harness the positive energy I picked up during the selection process to ensure that service users and carers in Norfolk and Suffolk get the best care from motivated, compassionate and empowered nurses.”

Andrew Hopkins, acting chief executive at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Jane’s calibre joining the trust.

He said her “skills and experience will prove invaluable” during a time of change for the organisation while it implement its Trust Service Strategy.

“Jane will be a tremendous, positive role model for our nursing staff,” he added.

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