UHCW’s Chief Nurse appointed to national role

Congratulations have been offered to Chief Nursing Officer Mark Radford who is leaving the Trust that runs University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby to become National Director of Nursing for Improvement at NHS Improvement.

Professor Radford qualified as nurse in 1994 and prior to joining UHCW in 2009 he was a Consultant Nurse in Perioperative Emergency Care at Heart of England Foundation Trust.

Mark has worked at UHCW as an Associate Director of Nursing for surgery before being promoted to Deputy Director of Nursing. From June 2012 he has been Chief Nursing Officer with a responsibility for nursing and midwifery, infection control and safeguarding.

His new role will see him responsible for issues relating to the nursing workforce nationally as well as nursing quality of care.

He said: “I’ve loved my time at UHCW working alongside the dedicated nurses and midwives and am proud of the many achievements we’ve made during my seven years including the development of an app that shows how much time is spent with patients and how much is not so we can increase the value added work we do.

“However this opportunity to work at a national level to bring positive change for nurses and actively promote their full skills and the importance of their role was too good an opportunity to pass. So while I’m sad to be leaving, I am incredibly excited about this next step and all that can be achieved.”

Professor Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer at UHCW said: “I want to personally thank Mark for his outstanding contribution to UHCW. He has been a great team member and his enthusiasm will be missed but his new role is a great opportunity for him to influence nursing matters on a national scale.

“All at UHCW wish him the best in his new role.”