NHS England has announced that it has appointed two senior nurses to newly-created roles with briefs covering the transformation and improvement of the nursing profession.
The new director of nursing for transformation will be Paul Vaughan, currently employed as the Royal College of Nursing’s regional director for the West Midlands.
“I am looking forward to supporting an adaptable, dynamic workforce of the future”
His role will oversee work on the image of nursing, primary and community care and supporting innovation and transformation, said NHS England.
Meanwhile, Heather Caudle, chief nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, will become director of nursing for improvement.
She was named as one of Nursing Times’ most inspirational nursing leaders in 2015. Her key areas of responsibility will include safeguarding, continuing healthcare and midwifery and children’s care, said NHS England.
The government arm’s length body described the two appointments as key to ”supporting the profession deliver improvements in patient outcomes, experience and better use of resources”.
“As a profession we know where changes can drive better patient experience and outcomes”
It also said the roles would be “crucial” in helping address some of current issues facing the workforce, as well as supporting the delivery of more diverse and complex care to more patients in future.
An NHS England spokeswoman told Nursing Times that no start dates for the pair had yet been finalised but it was expected that they “will start at some point over summer”.
Welcoming the appointments, chief nursing officer for England Professor Jane Cummings said: “I am thrilled to be working with both Paul and Heather on some of the challenges that matter the most to our workforce.
“This crucial work will drive the changes needed so that we can continue to provide the best possible care to our patients,” she said.
Mr Vaughan highlighted that the health and care sector was “experiencing unprecedented demand”.
“Now more than ever, all nursing, midwifery and care staff need to embrace their leadership role so we can affect the change we need to meet this demand,” he said.
“I am looking forward to supporting an adaptable, dynamic workforce of the future that will empower people, enabling them to make important decisions about their care,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ms Caudle also noted that it was a “critical time for the future of the NHS”, and called for a joined-up approach to decisions on future models of care.
“It is vital that patients, the public and healthcare professionals of all backgrounds must work together to co-design the best possible, compassionate care,” she said.
“As a profession we know where changes can drive better patient experience and outcomes – I am very much looking forward to working closely with you all in order to help achieve this,” she added.
Biography: Paul Vaughan
Paul is currently employed as a regional director with the Royal College of Nursing. Leading and managing the RCN services in the West Midlands, Paul works with key stakeholders to ensure the needs of RCN members within the region are met and the interests of nurses, HCAs and nursing are promoted and protected.
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Engaging members in the work of the RCN is a key focus for Paul. Through his conception and delivery of the Local Learning Event Programme (branch engagement) and the Cultural Ambassadors Programme (addressing concerns of BME members with the disciplinary and grievance process) the region has gained a reputation for listening to members and working with them to deliver positive change.
Previously, Paul was the RCN’s healthcare assistant adviser, offering advice to HCAs, assistant practitioners and employers on issues relating to the employment and development of these roles. He also made a significant contribution to the development of the HCA role in general practice through his role as the national project manager with the Working in Partnership Programmes (WiPP), Health Care Assistant Initiative.
Paul is currently studying for a Masters in Management with the University of Liverpool and his dissertation is focused on the factors that enable nursing staff to raising concerns in their workplace.
Biography: Heather Caudle
Heather has been the chief nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust since the summer of 2014 and joined the organisation in October 2011 as the associate director of quality.
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She has worked for over 21 years as a nurse, systemic psychotherapist and strategic leader in the mental health, physical health and supported housing sectors. During her career, she has built an unquestionable track record in delivering hospital and community-based programmes in the health, art, employment and education sectors both in the UK and abroad.
Heather’s connection to professional caring began as a teacher and during that time, because of the powerful and therapeutic connections she forged as an educator, she decided to become nurse, a career which started in 1992.
Under her nurse leadership Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust received a national award for Best Schwartz Round Innovation from the Point of Care Foundation, UK. She believes in the power of conversations in a way that strengthens relationships between healthcare professionals and patients to deliver the highest quality of care.
Heather was judged to be one of Nursing Times’ most inspirational nursing leaders in 2015 and is currently a member of the NHS Improvement’s national clinical forum.