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Surrey hospital trust appoints new interim chief nurse

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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of Sue Tranka as its new interim chief nurse.

Ms Tranka will join the Surrey organisation, which runs two acute hospitals, from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust where was deputy chief nurse.

“I was struck by the passion, commitment and professionalism of the staff”

Sue Tranka

At Buckinghamshire, she led a portfolio covering workforce and safe staffing, education, healthcare governance, quality improvement and non-medical productivity.

She replaces Heather Caudle who became the trust’s chief nurse in September 2014. She joined the national body NHS England in April this year as its inaugural director of nursing for improvement.

Ms Tranka, who will be joining Ashford and St Peter’s next month, has a wide range of nursing experience covering most healthcare settings.

She has been a registered nurse, midwife, mental health nurse and district nurse during her 25 year career, and her professional qualifications include an MSc in Clinical Quality Improvement.

Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey hospital trust appoints new interim chief nurse

Sue Tranka

Speaking on her new appointment, she said: “I am delighted to be joining Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as interim chief nurse.

“The trust has made great strides on its journey of improvement and I hope to play a significant role in providing great care for our patients,” said Ms Tranka.

She added: “I was struck by the passion, commitment and professionalism of the staff I have met at the trust and I will continue to work with colleagues to harness the talent and dedication in ensuring we nurture a learning culture where development, well-being and engagement of staff is key to releasing benefits for patients.”

Trust chief executive Suzanne Rankin said: “We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Sue in her new role as interim chief nurse.

“Sue will join us on 18th September and pick up the reigns of this very important leadership role at the trust,” she added.

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