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Country's largest CCG appoints new chief nursing officer

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The newly appointed chief nursing officer at Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group says she hopes to help “make a difference” as she gets ready to take on her new role.

Birmingham and Solihull CCG has announced today that Helen Jenkinson will be taking up the chief nursing officer post. Her start date is yet to be confirmed.

“I look forward to joining my new CCG colleagues in the near future and helping to make a difference across Birmingham and Solihull”

Helen Jenkinson

Ms Jenkinson, who currently works as the deputy director of nursing at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), said she is excited to “embrace the challenge” of her new role at the country’s largest CCG.

During her career at SaTH, she worked with Staffordshire University to develop the “Golden Ticket” for nurses, which guarantees students a nursing career after graduation.

Ms Jenkinson also led a review of an improvement strategy and has produced a core competency framework for nurses that is being shared nationally.

The Midlands CCG that she will now be joining is responsible for planning and commissioning health services for a population of around 1.3 million.

It became the largest CCG in England in April last year and was created following approval from NHS England for a merger between Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs.

Paul Jennings, chief executive of NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Helen Jenkinson as our new chief nursing officer, who will be stepping up into a board level role.

“Helen brings with her a wealth of experience and I look forward to her joining our team and contributing to the great work being done for the people of Birmingham and Solihull,” he said.

Speaking about her appointment, Ms Jenkinson said: “I am really excited to embrace the challenge of this new role.”

“I look forward to joining my new CCG colleagues in the near future and helping to make a difference across Birmingham and Solihull,” she added.

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