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Interim nursing director appointed to lead Croydon through winter


Michael Fanning joined Croydon Health Services NHS Trust as its new interim director of nursing on 9 December.

Mr Fanning has a background in managing an accident and emergency department, and will join Croydon as it prepares to care for many more people during the busy Christmas and winter period. 

Since August 2014, he has been interim deputy chief nurse at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he has overseen improved performance in infection control.

He has also held a number of senior positions at hospitals around the country, as well as spending 18 months at the Department of Health.

In 2009, he jointly led a project for South Central England strategic health authority, looking specifically at nursing and midwifery care.

The recruitment process for a substantive director of nursing began on the 5 December.  Interviews are expected to take place in February next year.

Mr Fanning’s appointment came as the trust announced the arrival of 38 nurses from Italy, as it struggles to fill vacant posts like many trusts across the country.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Nurses from Italy, eh?

    This is in line with govt policy, which appears to be that this country doesn't bother with the expense of training, but imports staff from countries that need them.
    This is short-termism again, because most people go back to their country of origin within a couple of years.

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  • I hope Mr F recognises that there is a need to address issues of culture as a matter of urgency. The recent judgement of the ET in Dr Kevin Beatt's case vs Croydon testifies to appalling staff bullying, and concerns have been raised by local media reports. I also hope that Mr F prevails on his Board colleagues to halt the Trust appeal against the ET finding, which included unfair dismissal solely or primarily due to whistleblowing. The appeal would surely not be pursued by a Fit and Proper Board, in the face of such a highly critical judgement, which graphically described & found as fact, serious whistleblower detriment. 75% levels of bullying in the Cardiology department were reported. The issue had not been adequately addressed despite an external review flagging very dysfunctional dynamics in 2009: This all has serious impact on patient care if not resolved.

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