Colleagues at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have paid tribute to their “incredible” chief nurse Philip Norman, who died suddenly this week.
Mr Norman had served as executive chief nurse at the trust for just under four years, having previously held senior nursing roles in Leeds.
“Philip was not only an incredible nurse but an incredible person”
A spokesman for the Birmingham trust said there was a “very sombre mood” across the organisation after Mr Norman’s unexpected death on Monday.
“He was very hands on, very well-respected and well-liked and has driven a number of initiatives at the trust,” the spokesman told Nursing Times.
In a statement, trust chief executive Dame Julie Moore described Mr Norman as an “incredible nurse”.
“It was with the greatest sadness that we learned that our chief nurse Philip Norman unexpectedly passed away,” she said.
“It is devastating news for us all, however, our first thoughts and sympathies are for his partner and his family,” noted Dame Julie.
“Philip was not only an incredible nurse but an incredible person who touched the hearts of all those he met – patients, relatives and colleagues alike. He will be sorely missed by us all,” she added.
Mr Norman qualified as a nurse in 1988 and undertook a number of clinical roles in areas including care for older adults, emergency care, high dependency care, colorectal surgery and vascular surgery.
He also completed a masters degree in management and leadership and throughout his near 30-year career in nursing spear-headed a range of initiatives to improve patient care.
Tribute paid to well-respected Birmingham trust’s chief nurse
Mr Norman joined University Hospitals Birmingham in October 2013 from Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
At Leeds, he held a number of senior nursing and operational roles, including acting chief nurse, assistant chief nurse, operational deputy chief nurse, and divisional general manager for medicine.
As a senior nurse and manager, he led a number of quality improvement initiatives, both at divisional and trust-wide level, including achieving significant strides forward in infection prevention and control in Birmingham.
He was also responsible for a highly successful staff flu vaccination campaign, which saw the trust achieve a vaccination rate of 75% for the first time, said the trust spokesman.
Other achievements includes the redesign of services such as admission avoidance schemes, care closer to home and improved ward environments leading to better patient, carer and staff experiences.
Mr Norman also worked with university colleagues on the development of new roles and with partners in the community and the local authority to improve patient care and services across health and social care.
In addition, he was a governor at mental health provider Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
A cause of death has not yet been revealed.