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Hampshire trust nursing director set to join health board in West Wales

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A health board in West Wales has appointed the chief nurse of Solent NHS Trust in Hampshire as its new director of nursing, quality and patient experience. 

Mandy Rayani will leave the trust on 16 June to join Hywel Dda University Health Board in Wales on 19 June.

“This is such a vital role and one we know Mandy will take forward with strong commitment, leadership and experience”

Lisa Gostling

She trained as a mental health nurse in Swansea and previously held the post of regional nurse for Mid and West Wales Regional Office, working with the Welsh government.

In 2007 she was appointed deputy nurse director at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and continued in the role of deputy executive nurse director of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board from 2009 when the new organisation was formed.

Ms Rayani has been chief nurse at Solent NHS Trust, which provides community and mental health services, since 2014. The organisation has appointed its operational director Lesley Munro as interim chief nurse.

Hywel Dda University Health Board provides acute, primary, community, mental health and learning disabilities services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire.

In January it named Liz Rix, chief nurse of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust in Staffordshire, as its new director of nursing.

However, after accepting the post Ms Rix decided to remain at the Midlands organisation, saying that she had realised she still had work to complete there.

Mandy Davies is currently interim director of nursing at Hywel Dda University Health Board.

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Mandy Rayani

In a statement provided to Nursing Times, the health board’s director of workforce, Lisa Gostling, said: “We look forward to welcoming Mandy Rayani to our organisation and working with her as part of our executive team and board.

“This is such a vital role and one we know Mandy will take forward with strong commitment, leadership and experience,” she said.

Ms Rayani said she was “thrilled” to be joining the health board.

“Whilst I have thoroughly enjoyed working in England for the last few years, it will be lovely coming home to Wales to work with the talented nursing and midwifery leadership team within the University Health Board and across NHS Wales,” she said.

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