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New chief nurse starts at Peterborough hospital trust

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Joanne Bennis started in her new post on Monday as chief nurse at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She replaces Chris Wilkinson, who retired in January from the dual role of director of care quality and chief nurse at the trust.

Ms Bennis was previously the Cambridgeshire trust’s deputy chief nurse.

“It is vital that staff create a safe environment to ensure patients feel at ease”

Joanne Bennis

She is married, with two children and lives locally in Sawtry. She has been a nurse for almost 30 years, working in a variety of key areas including intensive care and practice development.

She said: “I am very excited to be taking up the role of chief nurse at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals.

“I am looking forward to working with the nursing, midwifery and allied health professional teams at the trust to implement new ideas for driving quality improvement that will benefit our patients,” she said.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Joanne Bennis

Ms Bennis used her first day in post to champion the national launch of the “hello my name is” campaign, founded by Dr Kate Granger to encourage staff to always introduce themselves to patients.

She said: “Patients often feel anxious about their hospital visit and it is vital that staff create a safe environment to ensure patients feel at ease. So we are asking staff to show their support and introduce themselves to every patient they meet, today and every day.”

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