Sally Brittain has been appointed as the new director of nursing and quality at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
She will be officially starting in the role at Kingston from October, said the Surrey-based trust.
“I believe the role of the director of nursing and quality is to empower staff at all levels”
Meanwhile, the trust’s current nursing director Duncan Burton is leaving to become chief nurse at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. He will take over in September.
The former incumbent, Nicola Ranger, left earlier this year for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she is also chief nursing and patient safety officer at its struggling neighbour Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Ms Brittain is a registered nurse and midwife who has undertaken various professional leadership roles, most recently as deputy director of nursing at Frimley Health.
Previously, she was deputy chief nurse at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and has also been head of midwifery and supervisor of midwives.
She achieved an MSc in Clinical Leadership and Health Education at Kingston University in 2014. In her former roles, Ms Brittain has been credited with being committed to making sure that all patients are at the centre of planning their care and have equal access to high quality services.
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She is also described as being passionate about supporting staff to develop and progress their careers.
Speaking on her appointment, she said: “I am delighted and proud to be joining the trust and am looking forward to working with nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals to continue the excellent programmes of work already underway to further enhance patient safety, quality and experience.
“I believe the role of the director of nursing and quality is to empower staff at all levels to set the foundation for excellent patient care by ensuring that patients and their carers and families are safe, cared for and listened to,” she added.
Ann Radmore, chief executive at Kingston, said: “We are pleased that Sally will be joining us as our new director of nursing and quality.
“She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience,” she said. “She is going to be a fantastic asset to our Executive team and board of directors.”
Frimley Park has an overall rating of “outstanding” from the Care Quality Commission, while Kingston is rated as “requires improvement”.