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Senior NHS England nurse joins dementia care provider

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Care village operator Belong has appointed NHS England’s former head of nursing strategy and commissioning, Stacey McCann, to the post of chief operating officer.

Ms McCann, 55, was most recently responsible for the implementation of NHS England’s national nursing, midwifery and care staff framework – Leading Change, Adding Value.

“The move is a considered one for me at this time in my career”

Stacey McCann

She joins Belong’s senior management team at a time of substantial planned expansion for the Cheshire-based care provider, which describes itself as a pioneer in the field of dementia care.

During her 36-year career in the NHS, Ms McCann has held the posts of national lead for strategic programmes and business, assistant head of commissioning (nursing) and commissioning lead.

As associate director of the North East Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Alliance, she was also responsible for management of the strategic review of the alliance’s cancer services between 2012 and 2013, and previously held a number of management posts within Yorkshire and Humberside.

She trained as a nurse on Merseyside before gaining an MSc in Health Sciences at York University. In January 2018 she received the Nye Bevan Leadership Award in Healthcare Leadership.

“I am delighted that we have been able to attract such a senior NHS figure to Belong”

Tracy Stakes

Ms McCann said: “After such a long time within the NHS, it might be seen by some as a bold move into the care sector.

“But Belong is at the vanguard of dementia care in England and I am impressed by the organisation’s vision for the future of dementia care provision,” she said. “Therefore, the move is a considered one for me at this time in my career.”

Belong chief executive, Tracey Stakes said Ms McCann had an “enviable blend of skills and experience” to bring to the not-for-profit organisation.

“I am delighted that we have been able to attract such a senior NHS figure to Belong,” she said. “I believe our vision for our leading role in the future of dementia care in the UK has helped Stacey to make her decision.

She added: “I am confident that we have the necessary building blocks in place to see us through the next 10 years of planned expansion.”

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