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A specialist hospital trust in West Sussex has appointed a new interim director of nursing and quality who will see the organisation through a potential merger.
Nicky Reeves first joined Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 15 years ago as the burns centre manager and for the past five years she has been the trust’s deputy director of nursing.
“I look forward to working with the board and with all our clinicians and support staff to further enhance patient care and experience”
She has now been promoted to interim nursing director, taking over from Jo Thomas, who is retiring.
The position is an interim post because Queen Victoria Hospital is currently considering a merger with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.
Ms Reeves, who has more than 35 years’ nursing experience, said she was “excited” to take on the new executive-level role.
“I look forward to working with the board and with all our clinicians and support staff to further enhance patient care and experience,” she added.
Queen Victoria Hospital is the second smallest trust in England and specialises in reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation for people who have been damaged or disfigured through accidents or disease, treating around 87,000 patients a year.
Trust chief executive Steve Jenkin said: “I am delighted to welcome Nicky to the role as our interim director of nursing and quality.
“Nicky has over 35 years nursing experience both here at QVH and in other trusts, and is committed to delivering outstanding patient and staff experience.
“We are confident she will continue to help us maintain and further develop our reputation for outstanding patient care.”
Mr Jenkin also commended Ms Thomas for her work with the trust as director of nursing over the past five years, which included leading the organisation through two Care Quality Commission inspections.
The trust is currently rated “good” overall.
“We wish her well for her retirement and know that Nicky will build on all the excellent work that Jo has carried out over the past five years,” added Mr Jenkin.