Fiona Taylor, one of the relatively small number of people with a nursing background involved in commissioning at a senior level, is celebrating more than 30 years of NHS service, having qualified as a nurse in 1985.
Ms Taylor has been the chief officer of two clinical commissioning groups in Merseyside – South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG – for the past five years.
“I have loved all the experiences I have had over the years in various roles”
She started her career in Salford as a registered general nurse before becoming a midwife and then a health visitor, ultimately working as a paediatric liaison health visitor.
In 1999, she left Salford to become deputy director of nursing and then acting director of nursing in Mancunian Community Health Trust, later joining Bradford City Teaching Primary Care Trust in 2001.
She took up the chief office post at the two CCGs in Sefton in 2012, having previously spent some time as acting chief executive of Bradford City Teaching PCT.
Ms Taylor, who qualified at the age of 21, is marking her career landmark by taking on two more additional roles.
Senior CCG leader and nurse celebrates 35 year career
She has recently become trustee of St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester and has also joined the board of the Advancing Quality Alliance, which was established in 2010 to improve health and care quality in the North West and has over 70 member organisations.
Ms Taylor said: “I can’t believe it’s been 35 years, but I have to say I’ve enjoyed every minute. I do honestly love coming to work and regularly tell my colleagues that I enjoy what I do because I am so passionate about working for the NHS.
“It’s not always easy and I’m the first to say that but I have loved all the experiences I have had over the years in various roles,” she said.
She added: “I am very much looking forward to working with St Ann’s Hospice, they do a fantastic job and fingers crossed I can support them in key decision making and help to make a difference.
“It’s also great to be working with AQuA, at the forefront of transforming safety and quality in healthcare across the North West,” she said.