Christine Whalley, nurse executive director of Calderstones Partnership NHS foundation trust, retired on 26 May.
She had worked for the trust for 37 years, keeping patient’s interests at the forefront of her work.
Chief executive Russ Pearce said: “Throughout her career Christine has always had the best interests of people with learning disabilities at the forefront of all she has done.Well known for her passion and belief in the service, Christine is a truly inspirational leader who will be greatly missed by everyone who knows her, service users, their families, staff and colleagues alike. On behalf of everyone associated with the trust, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Christine for all her excellent work over the years and to wish her well for the future.”
Christine accepted an invitation in 1985 to lead at Calderstones for a new initiative for people with learning disabilities. She organised help for those who have complex needs, focusing on security.
In the late 1980s, Calderstones became the leading North West specialist service for rehabilitating people with learning disabilities.
Christine was promoted to nurse executive director in 2002 to lead nurses in the Trust.
She said: “The improvementof specialist services for women has been particularly rewarding and it has been a privilege to spend the whole of my nursing career – from cadet nurse to director of nursing – in an organisation that has always had a strong focus on people and their unique and individual needs.”
Paula Braynion will become the new director of operations and nursing on 1 July.