Julia Hunt has been appointed as the new director of nursing at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Norfolk.
The trust announced her appointment on 28 December. Formerly deputy director of nursing at the trust, Ms Hunt had been acting in the director role for around eight months. She succeeds Liz Libiszewski, who retired in May last year.
“Julia brings a wealth of experience to the role of director of nursing”
Ms Hunt, 55, started her career as a student nurse at James Paget Hospital in 1988, before becoming a ward sister, a Macmillan nurse and chief matron in accident and emergency.
She said: “I am so proud to have been selected to lead nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals at the hospital where I started my career.
“Nursing has never been just a job for me,” she said. “It is a passion which has enabled me to care for patients and their families – and to make a difference – at times when they need help and support.
Norfolk hospital trust appoints director of nursing
“Now, it has given me the opportunity to lead the James Paget’s teams, which have been highlighted for the high standards of care they deliver to patients,” she added.
Trust chief executive Christine Allen said: “Julia brings a wealth of experience to the role of director of nursing and, having spent her career out our hospital, has strong working relationships across the organisation.
“The board of directors and I look forward to working with Julia in the months ahead, as we build on the firm foundations of the recent Care Quality Commission inspection, which saw our hospital not only reaffirm its rating of “good” but also improve services for our patients,” she said.