The struggling Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed an interim director to lead its nursing and clinical standards agenda, pending a permanent appointment.
Helen Thomson, who is deputy chief executive and director of nursing for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, will be seconded to Mid Yorkshire on a part-time basis from 15 October. This will be in addition to her role at CHFT.
The Mid Yorkshire trust is currently facing significant financial and performance challenges, due to high activity levels.
Ms Thompson will work alongside Kate Harper, who has been acting up on a short-term basis since the previous chief nurse left the Trust in July. Ms Harper will become director of quality for the trust.
The trust’s interim chief executive Stephen Eames said: “We asked for support in this capacity because of Helen’s proven track record of driving service improvement and excellent care.
“She is a highly experienced and respected chief nurse and we look forward to her contribution to strengthening our arrangements for ensuring our services consistently offer the highest possible standards of nursing care and patient experience.”
Ms Thomson said: “I am pleased to be asked to help out Mid Yorkshire Hospitals during this challenging time. I will be working with the trust to ensure that patients get the high quality care they can expect from the NHS.”
Gill Harris, director of nursing at the NHS North of England strategic health authority cluster, welcomed the new appointment.
“Ensuring strong, professional nurse leadership is vital to delivering the excellent patient care that we are all striving for,” she said.