George Eliot Hospital said goodbye to Director of Nursing, Dawn Wardell this week after 12 successful years at the George Eliot Hospital.
Friends, colleagues and members of the Trust Board attended a lovely send off for Dawn before she left to take up her new role as Chief Nurse at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.
She will be leaving a role which was responsible for providing the professional leadership for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals, advising the Trust Board on all aspects of professional nursing practice.
Dawn has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, joining the George Eliot as Deputy Director of Nursing in 2003 from Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust and becoming Director of Nursing, Quality and Workforce in 2010. Prior to this, she worked in a range of senior Nursing roles.
She is passionate about safe, high quality care and has managed the reduction of healthcare acquired infections in the Trust in her role as Director with responsibility for infection prevention and control. As one of two clinical leads on the Board she has been helping to lead the continuous quality improvement activities within the Trust. Dawn was one of the team that helped George Eliot achieve a ‘Good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission last year.
Director of Nursing, Dawn Wardell said: “I have had a wonderful time at the George Eliot and will miss everyone that I have worked with over the years.
“I would also like to thank all the staff I have worked with at the George Eliot for their support. It has been an absolute pleasure to work here and wish all my colleagues all the best for the future.”
Acting Chief Executive, Kath Kelly said:”Dawn has been an important member of our team and contributed significantly to our improvement programme”.
“She has been a very popular member of our team and will be greatly missed by everyone here.”
Current Deputy Director of Nursing, Dilly Wilkinson will be taking over the role of Director of Nursing (Acting), supported by James Avery who will be Deputy Director of Nursing (Acting) and Alison Bakewell, seconded into the role of Matron for Patient Safety.