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Paediatric specialist becomes Suffolk trust’s chief nurse

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Rowan Procter has been appointed chief nurse on a permanent basis by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

She has pledged to review staffing levels and skill mix, and develop a new nursing strategy for the trust, which runs West Suffolk Hospital on the edge of Bury St Edmunds.

“I now plan to start making some real changes”

Rowan Procter

Ms Procter, who has been acting as interim chief nurse since late 2015, was appointed permanently to the role on 27 July.

She has taken on the trust’s top nursing role after a previous stint there as a paediatric specialist nurse managing West Suffolk Hospital’s Rainbow Ward early in her career.

With her more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse specialist, manager and sister, she has an interest in paediatrics, emergency care, child protection, adult safeguarding and domestic abuse.

Ms Procter completed her training at St George’s in London and worked at West Suffolk between 1999 and 2002.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Paediatric specialist becomes Suffolk trust’s chief nurse

Rowan Procter

“I am delighted to return to West Suffolk as chief nurse,” she said. “I now plan to start making some real changes which will deliver sustainable improvements for our patients.

“This includes introducing a new nursing and midwifery strategy and reviewing staffing across the hospital to make sure we are using the skills and experience of our dedicated workforce in the best possible way,” she said.

“The ethos and culture at West Suffolk make it a good place to work and I am really looking forward to making the most of every opportunity to further improve the care our patients receive,” said Ms Procter.

Trust chief executive Professor Steve Dunn added: “We are really pleased to welcome Rowan as a permanent member of the team.

“Her skills and experience will prove invaluable as we look for innovative ways to improve care while meeting the challenges the NHS is facing,” he said.

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