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New chief nurse appointed by leading children’s hospital

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A nurse who started her career at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children NHS Foundation Trust is returning to take up its most senior nursing post.

Alison Robertson has been appointed as the trust’s new chief nurse and will be taking up the post in the spring of 2018.

“I am absolutely delighted to be re-joining Great Ormond Street Hospital”

Alison Robertson

She will be returning to the hospital where her career began, having trained and worked at GOSH from 1983 to 1987. She held her first staff nurse post on its neurosurgical unit.

She will be replacing Juliette Greenwood, who retired as Great Ormond Street Hospital’s chief nurse at the end of October.

Ms Robertson, a qualified adult and children’s nurse, is described by the trust as a “highly experienced” chief nurse who has also held senior level posts at a number of teaching hospitals.

She has led nursing and midwifery in five different organisations over the last 16 years, working at clinical, operational and strategic levels.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

New chief nurse appointed by leading children’s hospital

Alison Robertson

Ms Robertson was also previously a visiting professor at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College, London.

She is currently executive director of nursing for the Al Wakra Hospital, run by Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East.

Dr Peter Steer, chief executive of the famous children’s hospital, said: “We have worked meticulously to find the best person to take on the vital role of chief nurse.

“Alison brings an excellent understanding of the importance and impact of nursing, balanced by grounded operational experience and a real sense of GOSH’s strategic position,” he said.

Mr Steer described Ms Robertson as a “powerful advocate for children, children’s nursing and for allied health professions”.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming her to the GOSH executive management team,” he added.

Juliette Greenwood

Juliette Greenwood

Juliette Greenwood

Speaking on her new appointment, Ms Robertson said: “I am absolutely delighted to be re-joining Great Ormond Street Hospital, where I began my nursing career, as chief nurse.

“I am very happy to have this opportunity to work with the team at GOSH to take its renowned patient care from strength to strength,” she added.

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