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Two senior nurses appointed to new roles by national regulator


The national regulatory body NHS Improvement has appointed two senior nurses to newly created leadership posts.

Jacqueline McKenna has been appointed as director of nursing for professional leadership, and Mark Radford have been appointed director of nursing for improvement.

“Jacqueline and Mark are both extremely talented professionals”

Ruth May

The regulator said Ms McKenna would lead its work to develop strong nursing and midwifery leaders of the future.

She will also provide leadership for its improvement programmes, including end of life care, patient experience and infection prevention and control.

Meanwhile, Mr Radford will work alongside trust directors of nursing to support them in having the capacity and capability to improve the way services are delivered for patients, said the regulator.

Both will be report to Ruth May, NHS Improvement’s executive director of nursing, who said: “Jacqueline and Mark are both extremely talented professionals. I am delighted that they have agreed to take on these leadership roles.

“I look forward to working with Jacqueline and Mark and bring together the values and ambitions of our regional nurses, provider directors of nursing and partners to strengthen our voice for the nursing profession,” she added.


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Ruth May

Mr Radford was most recently chief nurse at University Hospitals Coventry and Hospitals NHS Trust and has over 20 years of experience as a clinical nurse, academic and leader.

Ms McKenna was previously deputy director of nursing at the NHS Trust Development Authority. She was awarded a MBE in 2010 for services to nursing and health care.

NHS Improvement became officially operational on 1 April 2016, having been created from former bodies Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority, plus groups from other organisations.

It has responsibility for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers, with a particular focus on finance. It is currently leading the drive to bring down agency nurse spending.

Jacqueline McKenna

Jacqueline McKenna trained as a registered nurse at King’s College Hospital, London and had a clinical career in gynaecology.

Jacqueline achieved a Masters in Medical Science in clinical nursing in 1995. Jacqueline has been the deputy director of nursing at the NHS Trust Development Authority since April 2013.

Before this she held director of nursing posts at the Medway NHS Foundation Trust and at Southmead NHS Trust in Bristol.

She implemented the first British model of shared governance which improves staff involvement in 1994, and won the HSJ award for patient safety in 2005 for the development of the Medway Nursing and Midwifery Accountability System – an improvement framework for nursing.

Jacqueline received an MBE for services to nursing and health care in the 2010 Queen’s birthday honours list. She is currently studying for a PhD at Greenwich University.

Mark Radford

Professor Radford qualified as nurse in 1994 and has previously worked in anaesthetics, pre-operative assessment, critical care and A&E.

NHS Improvement

Senior nurses appointed by national regulator

Mark Radford

Prior to joining UHCW in 2009 he was a consultant nurse in Perioperative Emergency Care at Heart of England Foundation Trust. He has also worked as an advisor to the Department of Health, NCEPOD, MHRA, NICE on a range of areas including perioperative hypothermia, emergency management and nurse prescribing.

He has published widely on advanced practice nursing and perioperative care. Mark has worked at UHCW as an associate director of nursing for surgery before being promoted to deputy director of nursing.

From June 2012 he has been chief nursing officer with a responsibility for nursing and midwifery, infection control and safeguarding.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Would the last nurse turn the lights out on the way out. Thanks - now closing shop.

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  • Lets hope that they help nurses get their due. We have been sidelined for years but expected to stay ahead with education etc. Everyone knows about the lack of nursing staff on a daily basis, no pay rises for years, few promotions and less respect from other professionals and the general public. With the upcoming changes in student nurse education, the above comment is correct, who will be the last nurse standing?

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  • What a 'party' we have running our country. I bet they enjoy a christmas party, while NHS staff keep the home fires burning as best they can for the sick.

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