Karen Dawber has been appointed as the new chief nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
She is currently director of nursing at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a role she has held since May 2013.
“I am looking forward to representing nursing at the very highest level”
Prior to joining Warrington and Halton, Ms Dawber has been a director of nursing in Liverpool at both the Walton Centre specialist neurology hospital and also Alder Hey Children’s hospital.
In total, she has nine years’ experience as a director of nursing across three foundation trusts, having begun her career as a paediatric nurse at Manchester Children’s Hospitals.
Welcoming the appointment, Bradford chief executive Professor Clive Kay said: “I am delighted that Karen will be taking on this pivotal role.
“She brings with her a combination of skills in nursing, leadership and operational management, and has a passion for ensuring that NHS services are of the highest quality,” he said.
Ms Dawber added: “I am delighted to be taking up the post of chief nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and look forward to working with the community to improve the care, health and wellbeing of the people of Bradford.
“This is something that I am passionate about as I will be improving services that my own family access on a routine basis – everything from AED to maternity and children’s services,” she said.
Director of nursing swaps Warrington for Bradford
“I am excited to have the opportunity to build on the existing foundations and provide a solid future for integrated healthcare, and I am looking forward to representing nurses and nursing at the very highest level,” said Ms Dawber.
The trust runs the Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital. It also manages community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.
Ms Dawber’s permanent appointment potentially brings an end to period of instability for the trust regarding nurse leadership.
After several previous recruitment efforts failed, the trust brought in freelance manager Jackie Ardley as interim chief nurse in April 2015.
Deputy chief nurse Sally Scales has been acting chief nurse since the start of March, following the recent departure of Ms Ardley, a nurse by background who runs her own consultancy firm.
A start date for Ms Dawber has yet to be confirmed, said a trust spokeswoman.