Newcastle Hospitals appoints Executive Chief Nurse

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Maurya Cushlow as its Executive Chief Nurse.

Maurya, who takes up her post with immediate effect, has been the Trust’s Interim Chief Nurse since April 2018, following the retirement of Nursing and Patient Services Director Helen Lamont.

With over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, Maurya started off her healthcare career as a registered general nurse in Sunderland and has subsequently enjoyed a varied and successful nursing and management career at executive director level, most recently as Executive Director of Nursing and Governance at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

Her appointment followed a rigorous national recruitment process which attracted a number of excellent candidates.

Maurya will be responsible for the overall leadership and development of the Trust’s 6,500 nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare assistants and a further 1,000 patient services staff including portering, domestics and catering.

Chief Executive Dame Jackie Daniel said: “We’re delighted that Maurya is joining us as our new Executive Chief Nurse after being selected from a very strong field of candidates.

“I know her extensive skills, knowledge and experience will continue to play a key role in the care we provide to our patients every day and in shaping the future of our healthcare services.

“Maurya will also provide strong and professional leadership for our dedicated nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals’ workforce and ensure they are well represented at Board level.”

Speaking about her appointment Maurya added: “I’ve been made very welcome at Newcastle and am thrilled to be joining the team on a permanent basis.

“We have some fantastic, skilled and talented staff here and I have been very much struck by their commitment to patient care and improving the patient experience. I’m realistic and recognise there are will be challenges ahead but am confident we will rise to them as well as make the most of new opportunities.”

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