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Portsmouth trust appoints 'high calibre' new chief nurse

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Experienced nursing leader Theresa Murphy has been confirmed as the next chief nurse of struggling acute provider Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

She has been working at the trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, since the start of September but on a temporary basis.

“We have been very fortunate to have secured someone of Theresa’s high calibre”

Mark Cubbon

The trust noted that Ms Murphy would continue working as its interim director of nursing on a part time basis until the end of December 2017. She will take up the role of chief nurse permanently on 1 January 2018, it said in a statement.

The trust has undergone a series of recent management changes as it attempts to boost its performance. In June 2016, the trust was given an “inadequate” rating by the Care Quality Commission, after unannounced inspections found serious performance problems.

The trust highlighted that Ms Murphy had an “impressive career”, first qualifying in general nursing in 1987 and working initially in Jersey in the Channel Islands.

She then specialised in several areas including renal, cardiac, neuroscience and critical care nursing. She subsequently held a variety of senior clinical and managerial nursing positions in both teaching and district general hospital settings.

Before joining the Hampshire organisation, she was previously director of nursing at Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation and before that at Trust North Middlesex University Hospital Trust.

In addition, she has held management roles at Barts Health NHS Trust Royal Free and London NHS Foundation Trust.

Ms Murphy was awarded the Florence Nightingale leadership scholarship in 2012 and has also received an honorary professorship from the City of London University.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Portsmouth truth appoints ‘high calibre’ new chief nurse

Theresa Murphy

In a trust statement on her appointment, she was described as “passionate about providing exceptional nursing to deliver outstanding, compassionate care”.

Mark Cubbon, recently-appointed chief executive of the Portsmouth trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Theresa, who compliments my new senior team in the role of chief nurse.

“We have been very fortunate to have secured someone of Theresa’s high calibre,” said Mr Cubbon.

“I know she will make a huge contribution to the organisation, ensuring we always put the patient first and providing exemplary leadership of our nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare professional staff,” he added.

Mr Cubbon, himself a nurse by background, only joined the trust in July. At that time the director of nursing role was being filled on an interim basis by the deputy director of nursing, Debra Elliott.

The previous permanent incumbent was Cathy Stone, who had been at the trust since 2015. She retired from the role of director of nursing earlier this year.

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