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New nurse director at Mid Staffs

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Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has recruited a new nursing director.

Appalling standards of nursing care were among the many criticisms made of emergency services at the trust last year by the Healthcare Commission and again by an independent inquiry.

Colin Ovington took over from Julie Hendry, who has been interim nursing director since the autumn, at the beginning of June.

Mr Ovington joined from Bedford Hospital Trust, where he was director of nursing and patient services, and was previously nursing director for three years at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

Mr Ovington said in a statement: “I am very excited about starting at the trust and was particularly impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication to patient care I witnessed during the two days of the interview.

“I feel very confident about working alongside staff to help develop a safer future for our patients”. 

Trust chair Sir Stephen Moss said: “I am delighted to welcome Colin to the trust. He is an experienced director of nursing and has an excellent track record of delivering improvements for patients.

“I am confident that Colin will build on the excellent work of Ms Hendry to ensure that patient care in Mid Staffs continues on a path of improvement.”

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