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New director of nursing for Yorkshire mental health and learning disability trust

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A nurse, health visitor and senior manager with more than 25 years’ experience has been appointed as the new director of nursing and professions at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Cathy Woffendin, currently deputy director of nursing, children’s and specialist services at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust will join her new trust in March.

“I think Cathy will be a great asset and will bring a new perspective to the board”

Sara Munro

Ms Woffendin is a qualified nurse who began her nursing career at Dewsbury District Hospital and worked in a variety of organisations both within the NHS and private sector for 10 years.

She then undertook further training and obtained a degree in public health nursing and worked as a health visitor developing a child health and safeguarding specialism.

She moved in to management in 2005 and has worked in a variety of management roles across community and mental health services.

Ms Woffendin has also been a staff governor and was appointed in 2015 when Bradford District Care became a foundation trust.

“I’m really thrilled to be joining Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,” she said.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

New chief nurse for mental health and learning disability trust

Cathy Woffendin

“I’m extremely passionate about improving care for patients and their families and I know that I’m joining a trust which has great staff and is ambitious about delivering patient-centred care,” she said.

Trust chief executive and former nurse Sara Munro added: “I think Cathy will be a great asset and will bring a new perspective to the board.

“As well as caring about our service users, I know she will always bring the voice of our nursing and care staff into our planning and strategy development,” she said.

Anthony Deery was the trust’s previous director of nursing, professions and quality. He left the organisation at the end of September. Paul Lumsdon has been filling in as interim director of nursing, professions and quality.

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