An acute trust in Somerset has appointed one of its senior critical care nurses as interim director of nursing, it has been announced.
Helen Ryan, who was appointed to the role at Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust this month, is covering for the FT’s permanent director of nursing Sue Jones.
Ms Jones has been seconded to North Bristol NHS Trust for a year to lead some of its transition work during a planned merger with another Bristol trust, and the opening of a new hospital in Southmead.
Ms Ryan is described as a “highly experienced nurse” with nearly 20 years’ service at Yeovil District Hospital.
She joined Yeovil District Hospital as the sister in charge of the intensive care unit in 1993 and became the nurse consultant responsible for critical care in 2001.
She has also spent six years on Yeovil District Hospital’s board of governors as a staff governor.
Ms Ryan trained at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and moved to St Thomas’ Hospital in London before spending eight years in the Royal Air Force.
During this time she was based in Cyprus, where she performed aeromedical duties, and in the renal intensive care unit at RAF Halton.
Ms Ryan said: “I am very excited about my new role – it is a privilege to become an executive member of the board at Yeovil District Hospital and I look forward to doing everything in my power to lead and support the staff at YDH to ensure we deliver care to the highest standard we can.”