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Cambridge chief nurse to lead managers’ Francis response

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Karen Castille, chief nurse at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust, is to join the NHS Confederation on secondment as its associate director.

Dr Castille, who is also the trust’s director of organisational development and acted as its interim chief executive for most of last year, is an experienced accident and emergency nurse and a qualified midwife.

She will take up her post at the NHS Confederation on 3 June. She will be leading the management representative organisation’s work on supporting the NHS in its response to the Francis report on Mid Staffordshire, according to a statement announcing her move.

Her work at the NHS Confederation will also include work around ensuring that nurses are empowered and have a voice in the light of Francis and supporting senior NHS women leaders.

She said: “I am passionate about the NHS, its staff and the work we do for patients. I am therefore delighted to be joining the NHS Confederation and have always been impressed by the excellent work they do to support and represent the NHS.

“Whilst I am sad to be leaving Cambridge, I regard this opportunity to be an immense privilege and look forward to working with a wide range of NHS staff and partners,” she added.

NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar said: “I am delighted that Karen is joining us. The Francis report represents a turning point in the NHS and she will bring invaluable leadership to our work in this area, drawing on her extensive leadership and nursing background.”

Dr Keith McNeil, chief Executive of Cambridge University Hospitals, added: “We are sorry to be losing her, but at the same time pleased that the recognition she has gained here has resulted in her moving to a high-profile role where her contribution will be felt nationally.”


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