Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has appointed Gill Harris as its new executive director of nursing and midwifery.
Ms Harris, who is currently the chief nurse at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, will take up her new role in the late summer.
“My objective is to raise the profile of nursing”
She has previously held a range of other senior posts, including chief nurse for NHS England North and director of nursing and performance at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
However, her first senior post was in Wales at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, working as a sister helping develop renal services.
Ms Harris said: “My objective is to raise the profile of nursing, to raise the heads of our nurses and to engage them on a professional level to ensure they deliver the best care for the people of North Wales.
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“I know that’s why nurses and midwives go into the profession, and it’s an objective I share with them,” she said.
“Our workforce is the key to improving all aspects of the care we provide, and they have to be involved in how services develop in the future,” she said. “The public and residents of North Wales deserve and expect excellent care.”
Gary Doherty, chief executive of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, added: “Gill is committed to raising the profile of nursing in North Wales and wants to hear from our workforce about how we can continue to improve the care provided to patients across the region.”