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Exclusive: Chief nurse opts to stay at Staffordshire trust despite planned exit

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The chief nurse of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has decided to remain at the organisation, having previously announced she would be moving to a health board in West Wales.

Liz Rix said that, while she was “really drawn” to Hywel Dda Health Board, she had realised there was still work she wanted to complete at University Hospitals of North Midlands.

“I want to stay on and see us through the next chapter of our journey”

Liz Rix

The trust announced last month that Ms Rix would be leaving to join the health board as its new director of nursing.

Ms Rix joined the Midlands trust in 2009 when it was still known as University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, prior to its takeover of Stafford Hospital in the wake of the Francis report into the high profile care scandal there.

Since arriving, she has been credited by the trust for promoting safe staffing levels, improving infection control and reducing pressure ulcer rates.

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Liz Rix

Its chief executive Paula Clark described her as an “inspirational leader who is respected locally, regionally and nationally”.

In a statement provided by the trust to Nursing Times this week, Ms Rix said: “I was extremely impressed with the teams that I met Hywel Dda Health Board.

“I was really drawn to Hywel Dda and felt that I could have supported them in their vision for the future,” she said. “However, after much thought I realised my work at UHNM was not yet finished.

”Ultimately, I decided that colleagues at UHNM have become part of my family and I want to stay on and see us through the next chapter of our journey,” she added.

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  • Great news for Staffordshire !

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  • I wonder why any nurses in Wales buys the Nursing Times, coverage of news in Wales is very thin and now when Wales does get a mention you get the geography wrong. Hywel Dda Health Board is in West Wales. And this announcement is dreadful news for the people of West Wales who are served very badly by this HB and a shake up is long overdue. Liz Rix has had a lucky escape, her good reputation wouldn't have lasted long.

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