A new senior nursing role has been created to oversee public health in Wales.
The director of nursing for Public Health Wales will provide nursing and clinical advice to the organisation’s board and be responsible for ensuring nursing and public health is supported in its delivery across health and social care within Wales.
Rhiannon Beaumont-Wood has been appointed to the new role and took up the post on 2 April. One of her first jobs will be to create a nursing strategy for Public Health Wales.
She was previously head of safeguarding for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and more recently joined Public Health Wales as the designated nurse for safeguarding children and looked after children for Mid and West Wales.
She will report jointly to Dr Peter Bradley and Dr Quentin Sandifer in their respective roles of executive director of public health development and medical director.
Dr Bradley said: “I’m really looking forward to Rhiannon joining us in this new post. She will have a key role in improving population health and patient service which are key priorities for us as an organisation.
“One of the key things Rhiannon will be working on is the creation, implementation and evaluation of a nursing strategy for the organisation which will also support the development of the public health role of nurses and midwives within the NHS in Wales.”