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Three nursing directors take up NHS England secondment



Image (left to right): Professor Nina Morgan, Cathy Winfield and Bridget Lees

Three nursing directors have taken up a 12-month secondment with NHS England and NHS Improvement.  

Professor Nina Morgan, Cathy Winfield and Bridget Lees have been appointed as executive nurse fellows working alongside chief nursing officer for England Ruth May. They will spend one day a week on the role, with a focus on national policy, strategy and priorities

Ms May said they ‘bring a wealth of experience across the nursing professions’, when she announced the appointments on Twitter this month,. She added: ‘I am delighted to welcome them to our senior leadership team for the next 12 months.’

Professor Morgan, who is chief nursing officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, is also an honorary professor at Coventry University. She has worked for the NHS for more than 25 years.

Ms Winfield was appointed chief nurse at University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust in 2018. She has now spent 12 years at the trust, including as deputy chief nurse and director of patient experience roles.

And Ms Lees is executive director for nursing midwifery and therapies at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. She was previously head of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust where responsibilities included prison healthcare and a large inpatient mental health unit.

On her appointment, Professor Morgan said: ‘I am looking forward to new experiences and challenges and seeing how I can bring them back to further help and support our staff and teams at UHCW,’ she added.

Ms Winfield said: ‘The secondment will not only allow me to use the knowledge and experience I have gained in Derbyshire to help others, but also share the learning and experience from this next year with colleagues back at UHD.’