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Mid Staffs nursing director to join new trust

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The director of nursing and midwifery at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust is to join another acute trust in the Midlands, it has been announced.

Colin Ovington has been appointed as chief nurse at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

He has been at Mid Staffs since June 2010, where he has been part of the leadership team charged with rebuilding the foundation trust’s service quality and reputation following its high profile care failings.

In particular Mr Ovington has been credited with leading work on safety and compassion, and described his experience of meeting patients there as “humbling and emotional”.

The announcement comes at a time when recommendations are due on the future of services at Mid Staffs.

The foundation trust was put in special administration by the regulator Monitor in April, after it was concluded the organisation was neither “clinically nor financially sustainable in its current form”.

The special administrators are expected to publish a draft report and consultation in the very near future.

Mr Ovington will succeed Rachel Overfield, who has been chief nurse at Sandwell and West Birmingham for the last six years.

In a statement, the trust said his priorities would be building on its existing achievements in nurse leadership and care quality, ensuring patient experience continued to improve and that nurses were enabled to care for patients with compassion.

Sandwell and West Birmingham chair Richard Samuda said: “Colin brings a strong track record of focusing on safety and I know he will be a strong advocate for patients within our executive and leadership team.”

Mr Ovington, who will take up his new post later this year, said: “I was very much of the opinion that I will be joining the trust at an exciting time in its development.”

Maggie Oldham, chief executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would like to thank Colin for the work he has done here over the past three years.

“His commitment and focus on improving the quality and safety of care for patients has been outstanding.”

Prior to joining Mid Staffs, Mr Ovington was executive director of nursing and patient services at Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust, and also executive lead for infection prevention.

Prior to this, he spent 15 months as infection control turnaround director for NHS London and eight years at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, including three years as director of nursing.


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