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Midlands hospital trust welcomes new chief nurse

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Dawn Wardell has taken up post this month as chief nurse at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust has three main sites, including Russells Hall Hospital.

Ms Wardell said: “I’m passionate about what I do and will work hard to make sure the trust continues to provide the highest quality nursing care.

“Like all trusts, Dudley has areas where it excels and areas where there is room for improvement. I want to build on our excellent practice and make sure we reflect this everywhere to deliver a truly first class service in everything we do,” she said.

“Dudley has areas where it excels and areas where there is room for improvement”

Dawn Wardell

In addition, Paul Bytheway, a registered nurse by profession, has been apointed as the trust’s chief operating officer..

Trust chief executive Paula Clark said: “I’m sure that the wealth of knowledge, skills and experience Paul and Dawn bring with them will be invaluable in helping us to push ahead with improvements and build on our successes.”

Ms Wardell was previously director of nursing and quality at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, where she spent 12 years.

She joined George Eliot as deputy director of nursing in 2003 from Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust, becoming director of nursing in 2010.

She was credited with managing a reduction in healthcare-associated infections there and helping to lead the continuous quality improvement activities within the Trust that saw it achieve a “good” rating from the Care Quality Commission last year.

Speaking about her time at George Eliot, Ms Wardell said: “I would also like to thank all the staff I have worked with at the George Eliot for their support. It has been an absolute pleasure to work here and wish all my colleagues all the best for the future.”

The trust’s acting chief executive Kath Kelly said Ms Wardell had “contributed significantly” to the trust’s improvement programme.

“She has been a very popular member of our team and will be greatly missed by everyone here,” she said.

Dilly Wilkinson, the trust’s deputy director of nursing, is currently acting as director of nursing with the support of other senior nurses.

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  • I have had some very positive support from Dawn and her colleagues in work I was doing in Warwickshire and wish her well - on a International Nurses Day event last month I went round the wards at George Eliot talking to nurses and patients and it was clear there had been a lot of really good work going in at all levels. This impression came from direct patient comment, some of whom referred in detail to improvements they had seen over the last 10 years. That kind of thing needs good nurses and good nursing leadership to get right in the hugely challenging current climate.

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