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New director of nursing for Bradford mental health trust

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Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Debra Gilderdale as its new director of operations and nursing.

Ms Gilderdale, previously the trust’s deputy director of mental health acute and community services, has been acting as interim director of operations and nursing since August.

“I am passionate about delivering high quality care for local people”

Debra Gilderdale

With a nursing background, she has spent more than 30 years in the NHS. She has been credited with having successfully led teams through a number of complex high profile changes and service for the trust.

She also has a “national reputation and profile” for leading change in acute and crisis care, said the trust.

It highlighted her work on the development of the trust’s First Response initiative, which offers mental health crisis support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to vulnerable people needing urgent crisis support.

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

New director of nursing for Bradford mental health trust

Debra Gilderdale

The service has been cited as an example of best practice alongside NHS England’s national Five-Year Forward View Mental Health taskforce report.

Speaking on her appointment, Ms Gilderdale said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the director of operations and nursing.

“I am passionate about delivering high quality care for local people, whilst working with key partners to transform and improve services,” she said.

“It is a privilege to work for the trust and be part of an organisation that strives to provide quality services, innovation and best practice for people in our diverse communities,” she added.

Trust chair Michael Smith said: “Debra brings extensive knowledge and experience to our organisation, and will continue to provide expertise that is central to helping the trust achieve its objectives to deliver high quality mental and physical health services for the people we serve.”

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