Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Sam Foster, currently chief nurse of Birmingham’s Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, as its new director of nursing.
Ms Foster will take over from Andrew MacCallum, who has been interim chief nurse at the Oxfordshire trust since March, when nursing director Catherine Stoddart left the organisation after three years at the helm.
“The OUH ambition to be the first UK Magnet accredited trust was of real significance to me”
Ms Foster will begin at the organisation in September, but will visit the trust’s hospitals a number of times ahead of that date to prepare for the role.
She qualified as a general nurse in 1993 and has previously worked in both university and NHS trust posts.
She was deputy chief nurse at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, before joining Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2009 as deputy chief nurse. She has been the organisation’s chief nurse, initially in an interim capacity, since 2013.
Ms Foster said she was “delighted” to join Oxford University Hospitals and that the trust’s ambition to become accredited under the US Magnet nursing scheme was an important goal.
“I have been using the Magnet principles in my organisation for a number of years to develop a practice environment that attracts and retains staff, therefore the OUH ambition to be the first UK Magnet accredited trust was of real significance to me, as it signalled the importance of the nursing and midwifery strategy,” she said.
“My preparation also included meeting and talking to a wide range of trust staff – this confirmed my decision to progress my application, as I had the opportunity to meet some of the best NHS staff that I have ever met,” she added.