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Hampshire commissioners appoint director of nursing from local community trust

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Ellen McNicholas has joined West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group as its director of quality and nursing.

She has joined the CCG from local community provider Solent NHS Trust where she was on secondment as operational director for its teams in Portsmouth. Her substantive post with the trust was deputy director of nursing.

“I am hoping that I will be able to hit the ground running”

Ellen McNicholas

West Hampshire CCG holds the budget for hospital, community and ambulance services for the 550,000 people in Winchester, Romsey and Eastleigh, and from Whitchurch to New Milton.

Speaking on her new appointment with the CCG, Ms McNicholas said she was looking forward to a new challenge.

“I am really looking forward to getting to know the teams at the CCG,” she said. “I am hoping that as someone who already knows the local system I will be able to hit the ground running.”

Ms McNicholas, who trained in Glasgow, said her main interests were general medicine and community nursing, but she also worked in intensive care.

West Hampshire CCG

Hampshire commissioners appoint new director of nursing

Ellen McNicholas

She moved to Jersey in the late 1990s to work in the private sector, before returning to the mainland in 2002 when she joined Solent as a matron at the Western Community Hospital, Southampton.

At Solent, she managed a range of services including prison healthcare, community teams, GP out of hours services, walk-in centres and minor injury units and mental health care.

She also spent nearly seven years away from nursing as a police officer.

Heather Hauschild, chief officer at West Hampshire CCG, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Ellen to the CCG and are looking forward to working with her to improve quality, which is so important in improving patient care and driving up standards.”

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