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Pioneering chief nurse to swap Birmingham for Pennines

Mandie Sunderland, currently chief nurse at Heart of England Foundation Trust, has been appointed as the new chief nurse of Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust. 

Ms Sunderland, who joined Heart of England in December 2008, has been a leading advocate of nursing quality metrics to measure nationally recognised best practice.

She was formerly director of nursing at Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals Foundation Trust – one of the trusts that originally pioneered nursing metrics in the North West.

Soon after joining Heart of England, she implemented similar indicators covering areas including patient observations, pain management, falls assessment, tissue viability and medication administration.

The metrics approach has subsequently evolved into other initiatives like the NHS Safety Thermometer.

Ms Sunderland said “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to this part of the North West. 

“I am a strong believer in the old fashioned standards that patients expect to see from nursing care and I am looking forward to spending time on the wards, with clinical staff and with patients, to make sure that high standards are delivered.” 

She added: “I know that there are many excellent nurses working within Pennine Acute and I am committed to working with them to raise even higher the standard of care they provide.”

Pennine Acute runs Rochdale Infirmary and Royal Oldham, North Manchester and Fairfield hospitals.

Marian Carroll, who has been director of nursing there for the last nine years, will retire from the NHS on 23 August. 

The trust’s chief executive John Saxby said: “Mandie brings a wealth of experience to the trust board and executive team. 

“This is her fourth executive director position having previously held posts in acute trusts in the North West and the Midlands. 

“I also particularly welcome the fact that Mandie has asked to be known as chief nurse, a title which I believe will resonate with our clinical staff, and with the patients we serve.”

Ms Sunderland’s clinical speciality is intensive care nursing and she has held clinical and practice posts in London, Manchester and Lancashire.

She has also spent two stints at the Department of Health, in the late 1990s and in 2003, as well as acting as national nursing lead for governance initiatives such as the establishment of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and national service frameworks.

Heart of England announced in April that it was recruiting nearly 50 extra nurses in order to introduce supervisory status for ward managers in its three main hospitals.

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