Paula Gardner has been appointed chief nurse at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, after demonstrating “unwavering belief” in the challenged organisation.
Ms Gardner previously held the post of deputy chief nurse and was working as acting chief nurse following the departure of Brendan Brown.
The trust said she had gone through a rigorous interview process before being offered the substantive role.
“Paula excelled during a challenging day of interviews for our short-listed candidates and demonstrated a clear vision of what she can bring to our organisation,” said trust chief executive Helen Scott-South.
“Having served so commendably as Brendan’s deputy, I am confident Paula can build on fantastic strides the trust has made recently in quality improvement and nursing leadership,” she added.
The trust, which is currently rated “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, was in special measures but was removed from that status in October last year.
Former deputy becomes Burton’s new chief nurse
Ms Scott-South said the appointment was testament to Ms Gardner’s “determination, commitment and unwavering belief in the future of our trust”.
Ms Gardner said she was “delighted” to have got the job and could not wait to get started.
“I am incredibly passionate about providing the very best standard of care for all our patients and empowering staff to deliver a first class patient experience,” she said.
“There are challenges still to be met but the trust has made huge strides in terms of quality and it’s my job to ensure that we keep moving forward and build on the progress we have made,” she added.