Julie’s role has a focus on quality, reviewing and strengthening existing quality structures and arrangements, as well as providing strong professional leadership for nursing and Allied Health Professionals groups.
She will also be enabling delivery of improvements following the recent Care Quality Commission inspection, and working closely with staff to maintain high levels of patient care.
Julie took up her post on 3 May. She said, “I am excited to be here and get started on working with colleagues across the Trust. One of my personal priorities is to get out and about to hear directly from staff and patients about their concerns and feedback.
“I have already appointed a Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality to focus on working with the mental health and learning disability division. This is a very large Trust and I’m keen that all areas are supported properly.
“I know there is a lot to do and I want to help ensure that changes happen quickly and are embedded in a sustainable way, to ensure our staff can carry on with their day to day roles comfortably alongside updated processes and ways of working.
“I have been at Board level positions in NHS organisations for eight years, including roles focussed on nursing, quality, patient experience and patient safety, I will be drawing on that experience in Southern Health.”
Julie has been qualified as a nurse for 35 years, and has specialised in palliative and end of life care, as well as oncology. She worked in Leeds before moving to the South in 1988 and spent a number of years working in and around Southampton and Portsmouth. Most recently Julie was the Director of Nursing and Operations, as well as acting as the Deputy Chief Executive, for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. She lives in Romsey with her husband and has three children.