Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has revealed that it has appointed a new chief nurse, which signals the end of a leadership agreement with a neighbouring organisation.
Maggie Davies, who is currently nursing director at Western Sussex and has previously been deputy nursing director there, will take up the chief nurse post in June.
“Maggie has championed patient safety and staff recruitment”
Her promotion follows the announcement in February that Professor Nicola Ranger has been appointed chief nurse and executive director of midwifery at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Ranger is currently chief nurse across Western Sussex and also the neighbouring Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The two trusts agreed a long term arrangement, effective from 1 April 2017, through which Western Sussex provided management support to Brighton and Sussex, including a joint board.
However, Western Sussex has confirmed to Nursing Times that Ms Davies will be its chief nurse only, and that Brighton and Sussex is advertising separately for the senior nursing leadership role.
Brighton and Sussex Hospitals was taken out of special measures in January after a “dramatic change” in the organisation’s performance.
The trust, which was previously rated “inadequate” overall, jumped up to “good” following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in September last year. Western Sussex, meanwhile, is currently rated as “outstanding” by the CQC.
In a message to staff on Monday, Marianne Griffiths, who is chief executive of both trusts, highlighted that Ms Davies had already made an “invaluable contribution” to Western Sussex.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have appointed Dr Maggie Davies as chief nurse for Western Sussex Hospitals,” said Ms Griffiths, who is herself a nurse by background.
“Maggie, who is well-known in her current role as nursing director, will take up the chief nurse position in June, when Nicola Ranger leaves to join King’s in London,” she confirmed.
Ms Griffiths noted that Ms Davies joined Western Sussex five years ago as deputy director of nursing and that “her compassion, enthusiasm and drive have been clear for all to see from day one”.
She said: “Maggie has championed patient safety and staff recruitment, completed a doctorate in clinical practice, scaled Ben Nevis and run the Beachy Head marathon in aid of our dementia service.
She added: “I am delighted that as our new chief nurse, Maggie will now represent nursing, midwifery, patient safety and allied healthcare professionals on the trust board.”
Professor Ranger will join King’s at the end of July. Prior to joining Western Sussex, she was previously chief nurse at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.