Mandie Sunderland is to join Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust as its new director of nursing and midwifery early next year.
She is currently chief nurse at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which she joined last year.
“Her track record speaks for itself when it comes to delivering innovative changes and improvements”
Previously she spent around five years as chief nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and prior to that was director of nursing at Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Ms Sunderland will join the Nottingham trust on 1 February 2015, it has been announced.
She will replace Jenny Leggott, who will retire on 31 October 2014 after 40 years in the NHS and 15 years in Nottingham.
Trust chief executive Peter Homa said: “We are all very sad to see Jenny go, however thanks to her tireless hard work and dedication, she leaves nursing and midwifery in a very good place.
He added: “Mandie brings to Nottingham a wealth of acute trust and national experience.
“Her track record speaks for itself when it comes to delivering innovative changes and improvements which consistently raise standards of care for patients, their relatives and carers,” he said.
Speaking on her appointment, Ms Sunderland said: “I am relishing the challenge of taking up this prestigious post at a trust that has a clear ambition of being the best for patients and staff.
“I look forward to… building on the great foundations that are in place to position Nottingham as a national and international leader for nursing and midwifery,” she added.
Ms Sunderland’s clinical specialty is intensive care nursing and her main interests are improving quality and governance.
She has been a leading advocate of using metrics to improve the quality of nursing and is currently working on a project to help the NHS save money though better procurement by nurses.
In addition to her acute trust experience, she has worked for regulators and the Department of Health in reviewing standards of care across several trusts both in England and Northern Ireland.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the biggest and busiest acute hospitals in England, employing 13,500 staff. It has an annual income of £848m and around 1,700 beds across 87 wards.
The trust has three main sites – Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital and Ropewalk House