The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool has promoted its experienced director of nursing to become its new chief executive.
Hayley Citrine, the trust’s former director of nursing and operations, takes the top job as chief executive officer today.
“We have a duty to push the boundaries of care and continue to pioneer new treatment options”
Speaking on her promotion, she said she wanted further improve care at the already top-rated trust, which is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services.
As chief executive, she also said she wanted to boost diversity among the organisation’s workforce, which she suggested would make the trust stronger.
During her 32-year NHS career, Ms Citrine has worked as deputy director and associate director of nursing, following previous experience in a variety of posts in the North and North West.
She joined the Walton Centre in 2014 as executive director of nursing and quality, extending this in 2016 to cover operations and performance.
“Having a diverse workforce brings you a wider scope of understanding”
Ms Citrine said: “The Walton Centre is a fantastic trust, which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC. I want to build on the trust’s national reputation to further improve care for our patients.
“I believe that the trust is in a strong position and that’s not something I take for granted, I feel it’s important we nurture and cherish this and build on it further,” said Ms Citrine.
“As a specialist trust and a centre of excellence, we have a duty to push the boundaries of care and continue to pioneer new treatment options for our patients through research and innovation when traditional pathways are exhausted or no longer effective for our patients,” she said.
She noted that the trust was already starting to explore possibilities for new innovations in areas like complex rehabilitation, where the potential for new technologies could be “life changing”.
“These are things we are already looking at and I want to make sure we continue to explore these options to ensure our patients receive the best possible care now and in the future,” she said.
Ms Citrine added that she was passionate about improving and enhancing an equal, diverse and inclusive working environment.
“Having a diverse workforce brings you a wider scope of understanding,” she said. “I believe you have a better process by thinking collectively, with different and new ideas included, which makes the organisation stronger.
“I want staff and patients to bring their whole selves to the trust and create a culture of celebrating and embracing diversity and recognising the strength in inclusion,” she said.
Trust chair Janet Rosser said: “With Hayley at the helm, I believe the Walton Centre be forward focused, securing our future position in the local and national health economy.
“It’s reflected in her work to promote innovation and new ways of caring for patients, and also in her work with neighbouring NHS trusts to provide joined up care,” she said.
“She shows a great depth of understanding of the wider NHS, which will allow her to lead the trust in the right direction during ever changing circumstances,” she added.