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King’s College Hospital appoints new nursing director

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Geraldine Walters has been appointed as the new director of nursing at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

She is currently director of nursing and patient involvement, and director of infection prevention and control at St George’s NHS Trust in south London.

Ms Walters also chairs the London Network for Nurses and Midwives, is visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and a member of the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group.

King’s chief executive Tim Smart said: ‘Geraldine’s wide ranging nursing experience, her commitment to research and to building a strong faculty in nursing will enhance the strength of our Board and bring a new direction in our nursing leadership.’

Ms Walters will join King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in September but will leave her post at St George’s in July, when interim measures will be implemented.

Zoe Packman, currently deputy director of nursing, will become interim director of nursing, and Peter Riley, consultant medical microbiologist, will be interim director of infection prevention and control.

A spokesperson from St George’s said: ‘Geraldine has been director of nursing here since 2004 and has contributed enormously to the development of the trust, responsible for the leadership of nurses and midwives as well as overseeing governance and risk, patient and public involvement, and infection control.’   

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