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Northumbria Healthcare appoints new director of nursing

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Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Ellie Monkhouse as its new executive director of nursing and quality.

She has joined the hospital trust from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust where she has been acting chief nurse.

“I know that in Northumbria I’ll find like-minded souls”

Ellie Monkhouse

She has worked in nursing for 25 years, starting her career in May 1992, and has held a number of high profile positions since then, mostly in commissioning.

These have included being director of nursing and quality at Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group, and Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group.

Ms Monkhouse takes over from Debbie Reape who retired in October after 26 years’ service to the trust, working mostly as a deputy director for child health and the deputy director of nursing.

On her appointment, Ms Monkhouse said: “I’m delighted to have started at Northumbria and have heard so many amazing things about the trust and the region.

“My main passions within nursing are to drive innovation and encourage good teamwork among our staff and I know that in Northumbria I’ll find like-minded souls,” she said.

Welcoming the appointment, trust chief executive Jim Mackey said: “We’ve always been an organisation that has strived for excellence and Ellie will fit right into that mentality.

“Moreover, it’s a sign of how well we are coming to be regarded that we continue to attract people of such high calibre,” he added.

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