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North Cumbria trust appoints interim nursing director

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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Maurya Cushlow as interim executive director of nursing and midwifery.

She will join the trust from 1 April, replacing Gail Naylor who is leaving to become executive director of nursing and midwifery at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

North Cumbria trust appoints interim nursing director

Maurya Cushlow

Ms Cushlow, who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, will join North Cumbria from North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, where she is currently chief officer.

She said: “Whilst I appreciate that the trust is facing many challenges with regards to its nursing workforce, I am also aware of how hard the nursing and midwifery teams are working and how committed they are to continually progressing.”

Ms Naylor is leaving the trust at the end of March after two years in the role, during which time she has been credited with launching its first ever strategy for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

She said: “I feel extremely privileged and proud to have led such dedicated teams in North Cumbria.

“I know the trust still faces many challenges but I have been so impressed with the commitment and determination our staff demonstrate and I am confident that progress will continue to be made,” she said.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

North Cumbria trust appoints interim nursing director

Gail Naylor

Trust chief executive Stephen Eames paid tribute to Ms Naylor’s for her “tremendous contributions over the past two years”.

“Under her leadership, many improvements have been implemented in nursing and midwifery and I’m sure all of her staff would agree that she will be missed very much,” he said. “I wish Gail all the very best in her new role.

He added: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming Maurya to North Cumbria. Her experience, skills and knowledge will be extremely valuable to the trust.”

North Cumbria faces a number of challenges, especially on staffing, and has been in “special measures” for over two years.

The Care quality Commission recommended that it should remain in the support scheme for struggling trusts in September, following its latest inspection.

CQC inspectors found that there was a shortage of both doctors and nurses at West Cumberland Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary, and a heavy reliance on temporary staff.

North Cumbria was first placed into special measures by Sir Bruce Keogh in July 2013.

It also scored below average for a number of key questions in the latest annual NHS staff survey, the results of which were published last week.

In particular, it scored poorly compared to other trusts for its recommending the organisation as a place to work or receive treatment, and for staff motivation levels.

Meanwhile, 38% of the trust’s staff said they had suffering work related stress in last 12 months and 66% that they had felt pressure in the last three months to attend work when feeling unwell.

However, Mr Eames highlighted that the trust was making “steady progress” and said there “notable improvements” since findings from the same survey were published last year.

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