Lorna Wilkinson has joined Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust as the new Director of Nursing.
Ms Wilkinson, who was Deputy Director of Nursing at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust before coming to Salisbury, has extensive nursing and managerial experience having started her nursing career at the Royal Free Hospital in London in 1989.
She progressed through a number of nursing roles in specialist units including liver, cardiac surgery and intensive care, before moving into clinical governance at St Mary’s Trust in London. She then became Divisional Clinical Governance Manager for Surgery, Cardiovascular Sciences and Critical Care in 2001 where she was responsible for developing strong clinical governance arrangments in a major directorate in a London teaching hospital.
In 2004 she came to Salisbury as Head of Risk Management where she had a key role to play in the development of a wide range of patient safety initiatives and was appointed Deputy Director of Nursing in 2009, before taking up a similar role in Portsmouth.
Lorna Wilkinson said: “I am really excited with my new role here in Salisbury. While these are challenging times for all NHS organisations, I want to build on previous achievements here so that we continue to improve on the high standards of nursing, midwifery and therapy care that is so important to our patients.”
Peter Hill, Chief Executive at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “Lorna is an experienced nurse who also has a wide range of managerial knowledge and expertise which is needed to provide high quality patient care in a modern NHS hospital. I know she is an excellent leader with a passion for patient safety and the provision of sensitive, compassionate care and first class nursing practice. This is an excellent appointment for the Trust and for our patients and we are very pleased to welcome Lorna back to Salisbury.”
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170