Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Dr Nicola Ryley as its interim director of nursing.
Ms Ryley joined the trust last week from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales, where she had been assistant director of nursing for five years.
She holds nursing registrations for both adults and children, honorary senior lecturer roles with two universities and has earned a doctorate in clinical leadership.
“I have no doubt she will be a valuable addition to the executive team”
She has also advised the chief nursing officer for Wales on a range of issues and was appointed by the Welsh Government to advisory boards on professional regulation and information governance.
In addition, Ms Ryley previously held the positions of head of nursing and operational performance at Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust and divisional nurse at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, with responsibility in the areas of surgery, emergency medicine, critical care and dentistry.
She later undertook the role of divisional nurse spanning both scheduled and unscheduled care at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
More recently, she led the design and implementation of the largest pilot project in the UK in respect of nursing revalidation.
Her interim appointment in Northern Devon is for 18 months.
She replaces Debbie Bennion, who recently joined Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board as a unit nurse director at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
Trust chief executive Dr Alison Diamond said: “The position of director of nursing is a pivotal one for any trust and in Nicola I’m sure we have appointed the right person to oversee the safe, effective and sustainable delivery of services to our patients over the coming months.
“Nicola has a wide range of clinical, operational and leadership experience and I have no doubt she will be a valuable addition to the executive team,” she added.