A well-respected nursing director from one of the country’s largest acute providers has announced that she is to retire later this year.
Jenny Leggott, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s director of nursing and midwifery, is retiring on 31 October after 39 years working in the NHS.
She said: “I feel hugely privileged to have had such an enjoyable career. Pivotal to all of this has been my passion for patient care and my profession.
“I have built some long-lasting friendships and relationships with patients, relatives and staff,” she said. “It is an honour to work with such talented and dedicated colleagues who consistently demonstrate their desire to do the very best job for patients.”
She added: “Nursing and midwifery is a respected profession in Nottingham thanks to the hard work of many colleagues, over many years.
“Thank you to each of our nurses and midwives for all they do for patients on a day-to-day basis, very often in difficult circumstances.”
Ms Leggott began her nursing career in Lincoln before completing midwifery training in Exeter and sick children’s training nursing in Newcastle.
She moved to Leicester to take up a post as nurse specialist in neonatal care in 1988. Her first director of nursing and midwifery role followed at Leicester General Hospital in 1997.
She arrived in Nottingham in 1999 when she became director of nursing and midwifery of Nottingham City Hospital.
“I know that I speak for many when I express our love, gratitude and admiration to Jenny for all that she has done”
In 2006-07 she led the merger of Nottingham City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre to form Nottingham United Hospitals, during which time she was also acting chief executive.
Trust chief executive Peter Homa said: “I have had the good fortune to know Jenny for 25 years. I know how fortunate Nottingham, nursing and midwifery are to have benefited from Jenny’s passion, leadership and devotion to improve patient care.
“She is rightly admired and respected at local, national and international levels,” he said. “I know that I speak for many when I express our love, gratitude and admiration to Jenny for all that she has done. Jenny will be greatly missed.”