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Yorkshire trust promotes deputy to become new director of nursing

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Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in Yorkshire has announced the appointment of Jill Asbury as its new director of nursing.

Ms Asbury has been promoted to the top job from her former role as deputy director of nursing, a post she held since early last year.

“It is very positive for the hospital that we have been able to secure such an experienced senior nurse”

Bridget Fletcher

As director of nursing, she will be responsible for a workforce of more than 1,100 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants. The trust is also among the pilots for the new nursing associate role.

Its main acute site is Airedale General Hospital, but it also runs two community sites – Castleberg Hospital and Skipton Hospital.

Commenting on the appointment, trust chief executive Bridget Fletcher said: “After a rigorous selection process involving our senior clinical leaders, board members and an external assessor, we were pleased to confirm Jill’s appointment as director of nursing.

“It is very positive for the hospital that we have been able to secure such an experienced senior nurse into this key role and I know Jill will contribute significantly as we continue to deliver high quality, accessible care for the local population,” she said.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire trust promotes deputy to nursing director role

Jill Asbury

“In addition, Jill’s appointment will ensure we can provide first class support and development for our nursing and allied health professionals workforce in a challenging environment for health services,” she added.

Ms Asbury completed her general and children’s nurse training in Leeds.

Her career to date spans more than 30 years and includes a wide variety of roles across hospitals in the region, including head of nursing for education and workforce at Leeds NHS Teaching Hospitals Trust.

According to the trust, in her spare time, she likes motorcycling and archery, as well as camping, dog-walking and gardening.

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