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Barts appoints Caroline Alexander as new chief nurse

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NHS England’s chief nurse for London Caroline Alexander has been appointed as chief nurse at Barts Health NHS Trust.

She takes over from Professor Janice Stevens who has been in the position on an interim basis for almost a year.

Ms Alexander has previously held director of nursing posts at the former Tower Hamlets primary care trust and also NHS North East London, following the clustering of PCTs.

Caroline Alexander

Caroline Alexander

Caroline Alexander

Announcing the appointment today, Barts Health chief executive Alwen Williams said she was “delighted” that Ms Alexander would be joining the trust’s leadership team.

Professor Stevens took up the interim post last March following resignations by the organisation’s then chief nurse professor Kay Riley. Its chief executive Peter Morris also announced his departure around the same time.

The trust is the largest in England, but has struggled with finances and performance. A Care Quality Commission report last year rated the trust overall as “inadequate”.

It was then placed in special measures by the regulator the NHS Trust Development Authority in March.

Ms Williams also announced Tim Peachey, currently associate medical director at the NHS Trust Development Authority, had been appointed as the trust’s new deputy chief executive.

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