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Australian nurse becomes Salisbury trust chief exec

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Cara Charles-Barks has been appointed as the new chief executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and will join the organisation in January 2017.

Ms Charles-Barks, who will be replacing Peter Hill, has a nursing background and a wide range of clinical and management experience in both the NHS and Australian healthcare systems.

“I’m impressed by the pride and commitment of staff in Salisbury”

Cara Charles-Barks

She qualified as a registered nurse in Australia in 1991, before coming to work in the UK for three years at St Mark’s Hospital in London.

Returning to Australia, she was appointed nurse consultant at Ashford Community Hospital in Adelaide, and then clinical practice manager.

In 2000, she moved to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which is part of the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service as clinical nurse manager, where she was then appointed nursing director.

In 2008 Ms Charles-Barks moved back to the UK and joined Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a year later was promoted to deputy chief operating officer.

She subsequently moved to Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in 2013 as chief operating officer, where she is also currently deputy chief executive officer.

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Australian nurse becomes Salisbury trust chief exec

Cara Charles-Barks

Ms Charles-Barks said she was looking forward to “working closely” with the Wiltshire trust’s staff and partners in health and social care.

“I’m impressed by the pride and commitment of staff in Salisbury and the close connection that the hospital has with the local community,” she said.

“I identify strongly with the organisation’s values of friendliness, responsiveness and professionalism and want to build on the trust’s strengths and reputation for providing innovative and patient centred care,” she added.

Nick Marsden, chair of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased to have appointed Cara who has a wide range of clinical and management experience which will complement the management team we have here in Salisbury.

“While these are challenging times for the NHS, Cara has energy and enthusiasm which will stand us in good stead as we continue to develop services that meet the changing needs of our local and wider community,” he said.

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