Alison Lynch has taken up the post of director of nursing at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital as well as local community health services.
Ms Lynch, who was appointed in July, joined Stockport on Monday. She has been the director of nursing and quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the past two years.
“Alison has a proven track record of success in promoting excellent standards”
She replaces the trust’s well-respected and long-serving nursing director Judith Morris who announced her retirement in April. Interim director of nursing Ruth Holt has been covering the role.
Ms Lynch qualified as a nurse in Salford in 1988 and since then has had a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles across Greater Manchester and Cheshire and Merseyside.
While at Mid Cheshire, she was credited with being instrumental in care and safety improvements, personally leading a number of successful quality improvement and harm reduction strategies.
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According to her new trust, her particular interests lie in developing and engaging staff to provide the best possible care, especially the most vulnerable patients.
She is also interested in developing new roles that cross boundaries in support of services working closer together.
Ann Barnes, chief executive of Stockport, said: “Alison has a proven track record of success in promoting excellent standards of care and we are delighted to welcome her to the team.”
Ms Morris has been a nurse for 40 years and has worked in Stockport since 1987, starting as a nurse tutor in the school of nursing followed by a succession of nursing management roles.
As its director of nursing and midwifery from 2008, she was credited with transforming nursing services.
The trust said she had also been a “passionate advocate for safe and compassionate patient care, against a backdrop of huge national changes and challenges”.
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The organisation was one of the hospital trusts that treated victims of the terror attack at the Manchester Arena in May this year. Its role was featured in a series of special report by Nursing Times.
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In 2011, the organisation was centre of a police investigation, after a number of patients died when saline solutions were contaminated with insulin. One of its nurses Victorino Chua was subsequently convicted of two counts of murder in 2015.
The trust is currently rated as “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission.