Angela Thompson has been appointed director of nursing and deputy regional chief nurse for NHS Improvement’s London region.
She has been on secondment to NHS Improvement for the past nine months, working as an improvement director specialising in nursing.
“Angela brings a wealth of experience to this new post”
However, she will now permanently join the regulator from East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, where she was director of nursing.
The new role will add to the “expert professional leadership for nursing across the capital”, said NHS Improvement in a statement announcing the appointment today.
Ms Thompson will be expected to provide expert nursing leadership for the development of quality and clinical assurance for the provider sector in the capital.
She will also lead NHS Improvement’s work in London on nursing workforce, mental health, maternity, patient experience, and infection prevention and control.
Ms Thompson will report to Professor Oliver Shanley, London’s regional chief nurse – a joint post created this time last year by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
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Professor Shanley said: “With more than 30 years’ experience in NHS and clinical leadership roles, Angela brings a wealth of experience to this new post, and I am delighted to welcome her to NHS Improvement on a substantive basis.”
Speaking on her new role, Ms Thompson said: “I’ve been made very welcome while on secondment to NHS Improvement, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with providers and teams for patients across the capital.”
She is a registered nurse and sick children’s nurse, with a clinical speciality background in neonatal intensive care.
The appointment of Ms Thompson seemingly adds to the growing influence of the nursing profession over the health service at senior levels in the capital.
Earlier today it was announced that chief nursing officer Professor Jane Cummings would be taking charge of NHS England’s London region for the foreseeable future.
Professor Cummings will combine the role of CNO with leading the London region until a permanent regional director is recruited, said the NHS England.