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Interim nursing director appointed at Yeovil hospital


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.”


Readers' comments (4)

  • tinkerbell

    Go girl. Good for you. Sounds like you have a bit of something (clout) about you which will make people sit up and take note.

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  • Helen Ryan

    Congratulations on your appointment.

    Will you please inform us ?

    Are you a sycophant who supports your Trusts wish to destroy the AfC terms and conditions of service for Nurses ?

    Do you support increasing Nurses hours of work beyond 37.5hrs/week ?

    I suspect you will not have read the full South West Pay, Terms and Conditions
    Consortium statement dated May 2012 so here is your opportunity -- go to :-

    In my opinion any Nurse who supports this consortia is no better than one Jan Harry (RN suspended) who bought, by her support of a deranged CEO, misery (and death) to hundreds of patients.

    The Nurses in Yeovil deserve an answer, a simple answer not couched in "management speak terms.

    The Nurses simply want to know do you support them or not?

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  • Congratulations Helen. As a nurse who works in Somerset, sometimes at Yeovil Hospital, I, and all other nurses I'm sure, will be looking for a strong sense of engagement and communication with frontline staff, and a very definite call for the pay cartel (I will call it a cartel rather than a consortium because this is what it is) to be abandoned and frontline staff valued as the main resource needed to provide excellent patient care in all areas.

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  • Philip Darbyshire

    Congratulations from me too here in Australia Helen. The work that you and the team have done at Yeovil to focus nursing and care on what really matters - ie patients and their experiences and on creating a really positive and challenging culture for Nurses is the equal of anywhere in the world.

    Don't lose a minute's sleep over the Jenny Jones's of the world who think that it is full of "simple answers". Believe it or not the world is changing under our feet and the old idea that 'a nurse, is a nurse, is a nurse' and that everyone should be paid the same regardless of whether they are good bad or indifferent is something that deserves to be at least questioned, regardless of what the best answer may be. I hardly think that's unreasonable.

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