Chief Nursing Officer for England visits the Trust

27 June 2019

The Trust was delighted to welcome Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England this week (Wednesday 26 June), to discuss the vital work of our Trust, the roles our nurses play here and our wider work on workforce development. 

Chief Nursing Officer visit

Ruth was hosted by our Chief Executive Paul Jenkins and Director of Nursing Chris Caldwell, meeting with Ian Tegerdine (Deputy Director of our National Workforce Skills Development Unit), Clinical Chief Operating Officer Sally Hodges a number of our nurses and other representatives from our services across the Trust. 

Our growing number of nurses can be found working across many of our services for children, young people, families and adults as well as being engaged in our education and training provision. CNO Ruth May spent time over tea, cakes and giant strawberries sharing her vision for the profession and objectives for her role. Those present were able to engage in an inspiring conversation about nursing’s particular contribution to health and health care, the pride and passion they all share in their chosen profession and a common goal to encourage more become nurses.  

Participants included Amy O’Gorman and Jon Cready from our award nominated Camden adolescent intensive support service (CAISS), Kirsty Brant and Nimisha Deakin our school, Gloucester House, Lynne Reed and colleagues from The Family Nurse Partnership, Claire Shaw, Head of Nursing for AFS, Nurse Specialists Lucy Evans and Robert Stocker-Rodrigues from the Adult Gender Clinic and Polly Carmichael from The Children’s Gender Identity Development Service.

Nursing at the Tavi is receiving increasing recognition externally. In 2017, CAISS was shortlisted for Nursing Times 'Team of the Year' and the multi-professional clinical team is led by our current Head of CAMHS Nursing, Kirsty Brant is a nominee in the Mental Health Nursing category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019, with the ceremony taking place next week.

Chris Caldwell, Director of Nursing, said:

“We were delighted to host Ruth May, and have the opportunity to showcase the work of the Trust, clinical education, our workforce programmes and of course, the work of our nurses.

 “A visit like this really exemplifies the work we’ve done to promote nursing roles across the Trust. There are now more nurse working in the Trust than ever before and the numbers are constantly growing. It also gave us a timely opportunity to promote the Trust’s wide range of work in the workforce development arena to train, develop and support the retention of practitioners across the NHS in line with the aspirations of the recently published NHS Interim People Plan.

"I’d like to thank everyone who helped prepare for the visit and for their thoughtful contributions on the day.”


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