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Chief nurse announces departure amid whistleblowing probe


A chief nurse embroiled in a whistleblowing investigation at an acute trust is leaving her post, it has been revealed.

Siobhan Jordan will leave The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust on Monday after joining in April 2017.

The announcement comes after Ms Jordan was among four senior managers criticised in a whistleblowing letter written to the trust chair in July by 42 doctors, which was seen by the Health Service Journal.

The authors of the letter said they had no confidence in the leadership and added that a “culture of bullying and intimidation” had developed at the trust, according to the HSJ.

The trust subsequently commissioned Capsticks to carry out an independent investigation into the claims, which is still ongoing. The probe is being overseen by NHS Improvement.

But when questioned by Nursing Times, a spokeswoman for the trust said Ms Jordan’s exit was unconnected to the whistleblowing inquiry.

In a statement, The Dudley Group said Ms Jordan was leaving to “seek new challenges closer to home and to be near her family”.

Trust chief executive Diane Wake, who was also named in the whistleblowing letter, praised Ms Jordan for her “energy and commitment to improving the care delivered to our patients”.

Reflecting on her departure, Ms Jordan said: “I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all the staff and volunteers that I have worked closely with during my time at Dudley and I wish everyone all the very best in the future.”


Readers' comments (3)

  • Will there ever be a day that the words bullying and culture will not look normal in an investigation of a health care work area,
    We can and must do better than this

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  • This is a very difficult one to call. I agree, we could do much better and should as at the end of the day it is the patients/service users that will ultimately pay the price.there is not room for bullying or intimidation in any sector of society or workplace. I question & wonder if what might have been happening here was as a result of a different approach & resistance to change by others that has it been interpreted as “culture of bullying and intimidation”. The majority of us prefer the status quo however the status quo is not always right or good an needs to move on. Interesting that no nurses appear to have signed their name to the concern.

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  • Doesn't surprise me that Dudley have problems in their leadership team when they fail to respond effectively to serious complaints and concerns of poor care in their cancer services and respective process for managing potential sepsis cases.
    However, it is never down to one individual but a culture. More transparency, reflection and action needed within the leadership team.

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