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A Derbyshire nurse with more than 30 years’ experience in the profession has been appointed as chief nurse at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – her first permanent executive position.
Krishna Kallianpur will join the trust as its new chief nurse in the autumn, when she will transfer from her job as interim chief nurse at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone to support and lead improvement”
After starting her career as a staff nurse in 1987, Ms Kallianpur developed her nursing expertise and then moved into senior leadership at the former Derby City Hospital, Queens Hospital in Burton and at Royal Derby Hospitals.
Ms Kallianpur prides herself on being “passionate about nursing, patient safety and the health and wellbeing of staff” and has vowed to continue to work with others to “transform” how patients and staff are looked after during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stepping up as chief nurse at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton while permanent post-holder Cathy Winfield is on maternity leave, Ms Kallianpur has been described as having played a pivotal role throughout the pandemic by supporting the incident response and working with frontline colleagues to understand their challenges, anxieties and fears.
Speaking on her new appointment, Ms Kallianpur said: “I am absolutely delighted to be offered this prestigious, exciting and challenging role.”
As chief nurse at the trust she will be responsible for its 1,800-strong nursing, midwifery and allied health workforce.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone to support and lead improvement,” she added.
“I really believe that exploring different ways of working, growing your own talent and supporting practice development enhances patient care.”
In her role she will work alongside the medical director at the trust to lead clinical performance, clinical governance and quality of patient care and experience.
Ms Kallianpur added: “With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to be an operational challenge, we will need to continue to partner with others to transform how we look after our patients, our staff and the people in our communities.
“It will be a privilege to do this at Chesterfield Royal, to make sure we provide exceptional care and workplaces.”
When she takes up her new post in the autumn, Ms Kallianpur will replace the trust’s current director of nursing, Lynn Andrews, who is retiring after 40 years of service in the NHS.
Over the summer, deputy chief nurse Sarah Ward will fill the post in an acting capacity until Ms Kallianpur’s notice period at Derby is complete.
Commenting on the news, Angie Smithson, chief executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital, which is currently rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission, said she and her team were “so pleased” that Ms Kallianpur would be joining the trust.
“I am sure she will thrive in her first executive director role”
“She embodies the trust’s values and I know she will absolutely want to make sure that we do all we can to ensure that every patient has safe, effective and personal care,” added Ms Smithson.
“As an existing leader in our ‘Derbyshire system’, she knows our communities and our partners well – and I am sure she will thrive in her first executive director role, learning from her recent experiences in Derby where she is admired as ‘an exemplary professional leader’.”
She added that now was a “really exciting time” for the trust’s nursing, midwifery and allied health professional teams.
“They are all determined to build on our existing platform of success,” she said.
“With both Krishna and Sarah leading them I know we will realise more improvement, achieving even higher standards of care and enhanced patient and staff experience.”
She highlighted that “recovering and restoring” services following the peak of the pandemic and “learning to live and work alongside Covid-19 presents some real challenges for the NHS”.
But she said she was confident the pair would both “relish the opportunity to address those challenges”.