Independent healthcare provider the Nuffield Health has announced the appointment of Carol Kefford as its new chief nurse.
Ms Kefford will play a pivotal role in delivering Nuffield Health’s integrated strategy and growth plans, including the launch of a career development programme for newly-qualified nurses.
Her nursing career has included working in the NHS in Oxford and Manchester, as well as the armed forces where she led a large nursing squadron.
“The preceptorship programme in particular is incredibly exciting”
Ms Kefford has also previously worked for Nuffield Health, originally as a matron in Oxford in 2004 and eventually becoming a hospital director in Bristol.
One of her first major projects is to introduce the Nuffield Health Preceptorship Programme for newly-qualified nurses, Ms Kefford’s new employer said.
The nine-month programme will give an opportunity for new nurses to attend peer-to-peer coaching and workshops, shadow an assigned mentor and complete work placements.
The programme aims to provide new nurses with the “tools they need to gain confidence and become great nurses and play a role in shaping the future of healthcare”, the private provider said.
Speaking about her new role, Ms Kefford said: “Returning to Nuffield Health in the role of chief nurse is an honour and I am really looking forward to working with the hospital communities on some of their key initiatives.
“The preceptorship programme in particular is incredibly exciting, as highly skilled, newly qualified nurses are absolutely fundamental to healthcare providers like Nuffield,” she said.
“It’s important that we dedicate and invest time and finances into this area so that our patients can benefit from the best possible care,” she added.