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New Chief Nurse appointed

30/06/2017
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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Foster to the post of Chief Nurse, joining the Trust Board of Directors.

Sam is an experienced Chief Nurse who has worked at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust for eight years, where she has held the role of Chief Nurse for the past four years.

Sam has also worked in a number of other trusts, including Shrewsbury and Telford and Frimley Park.  Sam has a strong focus on nursing and midwifery  education, having worked in both Trust and University education roles in her earlier career.

Sam is looking forward to joining the Trust, and said:

"I am delighted to accept the Chief Nurse post at OUH, a decision which involved significant preparation. I have been using the Magnet principles in my organisation for a number of years to develop a practice environment that attracts and retains staff, therefore the OUH ambition  to be the first UK Magnet® accredited Trust was of real significance to me, as it signalled the importance of the nursing and midwifery strategy. 

"My preparation also included meeting and talking to a wide range of Trust staff - this confirmed my decision to progress my application, as I had the opportunity to meet some of the best NHS staff that I have ever met.

"I am really looking forward to joining the OUH team and progressing the care quality agenda and the Delivery of Compassionate Excellence."

Staff at the Trust look forward to seeing Sam, who will visit its hospitals a number of times over the coming weeks, in preparation to start formally at the beginning of September 2017. Sam takes over from Interim Chief Nurse, Andrew MacCallum, who has supported the Trust in this role over the last few months.

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