The chief nurse at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust will also be taking on the role of deputy chief executive, it has been announced.
Kathryn Halford, who was awarded an OBE for services to nursing in 2018, will continue as chief nurse with the additional role and responsibilities of deputy chief executive, the trust confirmed.
“My passion has always been and always will be nursing”
This will include standing in for interim chief executive Chris Bown when he is away.
Mr Bown warmly welcomed Ms Halford’s appointment.
“I’m delighted a clinician of Kathryn’s stature is taking on this extra responsibility at a critical time in our trust’s development,” he said.
“Among the many qualities she will bring to the position will be an unrelenting focus on the quality of the care we provide for our patients,” added Mr Brown.
Ms Halford said she was “very happy” to be taking on the deputy chief executive role.
“My passion has always been and always will be nursing, ensuring we provide the best possible care for our patients,” she said.
“I see a similar passion every day from staff across our trust, so I know I will be able to continue to count on everyone’s support as I always have up until now,” Ms Halford added.
Ms Halford joined Barking, Havering and Redbridge in 2016 from Walsall Healthcare Trust where she was the director of nursing.
Last year she was awarded an OBE in recognition of a near 40-year career which has involved caring for some of the first patients with HIV and Aids and victims of the London terror attack in 2005.