The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation has appointed Dr David Foster as its new vice chair and chair elect.
A highly regarded and nationally-influential nurse and midwife, he will succeed the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation’s current chair Roland Renyi in 2017.
“My association with the foundation takes me back to my early days of nursing”
Dr Foster’s new role coincides with his retirement from the civil service, where he has previously been one of England’s deputy chief nursing officers.
His last job was head of the Department of Health’s nursing, midwifery and allied health professions policy unit, which is controversially being shut down.
Dr Foster has been associated with the foundation over a number of years and took a particular interest in its work during his time as deputy CNO. He became a trustee two years ago.
The foundation, which is currently expanding its operations, promotes “leg clubs” based on an award-winning model developed by former district nurse Ellie Lindsay.
Patients are treated in a non-clinical social setting and on a drop-in basis – the theory being that it leads to improved healing rates by encouraging members to become more involved in their care.
The organisation also provides support and training for nurses to establish leg clubs, as well as ongoing training in new developments in leg care.
Dr Foster trained as a nurse at the Middlesex Hospital and as a midwife at Falkirk and Stirling Royal Infirmaries, ending his NHS career as a director of nursing at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust.
He said: “I am delighted to be elected vice chair and chair elect of the foundation. My association with the foundation takes me back to my early days of nursing when I first saw the debilitation leg ulcers can cause.
“Now I have seen how effective the social model of care the foundation promotes can be on improving healing rates and diminishing the impact of social isolation,” he added.
Ellie Lindsay, lifetime president of the foundation, said: “We are delighted to have Dr David Foster as our vice chair and chairman elect.
“The extensive knowledge and experience he has gained throughout his distinguished career will be hugely supportive and beneficial to the foundation,” she said.
In addition to his work with the foundation, Dr Foster will continue as a trustee to the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Queen’s Nursing Institute.