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New director of nursing joins George Eliot

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George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton has announced that Michelle Norton has taken up post as its new director of nursing.

Ms Norton, who joined George Eliot on 5 October, was most recently head of quality for the Midlands region at the NHS Trust Development Authority.

She has replaced Dawn Wardell, who left the trust recently after 12 years to take up the role of chief nurse at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

George Eliot, one of the smallest acute trusts in England, has traditionally struggled on performance but has seen an upturn in recent years.

“Michelle will provide experienced leadership and direction for our nursing staff”

Kath Kelly

It was one of the so-called “Keogh trusts”, which was put into special measures in 2013 after a review of hospital providers with high mortality rates.

However, it was taken out of the support regime for failing trusts in July 2014 following improvements in its performance.

Earlier the same year, plans were also abandoned to franchise the organisation to another NHS trust or private provider.

Kath Kelly, acting chief executive of George Eliot, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to the role of director of nursing.

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Michelle Norton

“Michelle has a strong nursing background, working across a wide range of organisations and trusts and will provide experienced leadership and direction for our nursing staff,” she said.

For a number of years, Ms Norton was deputy chief nurse at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

She has also recently supported work nationally for Health Education West Midlands on developing its model for return to practice in nursing.

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