Chief Nursing Officer Chris Beasley visits Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust this Friday (1 June) to meet staff and see some of the latest developments at our local hospitals.
She is due to tour several of the wards and to meet senior nurses and other members of staff to talk about their work. One of the areas Chris Beasley will visit is Caroline Thorpe Ward – the acute paediatrics unit. In conjunction with the development of the Children’s Community Nursing (CCN) Team, the acute unit has undergone a sustained period of modernisation over the past year to make a real difference for children.
- better discharge-planning for patients with complex conditions
- earlier discharge home, made possible by follow-up from the CCN Team
- creation of a children’s assessment unit, so speed up diagnosis and treatment
Chris Beasley will also visit Capener Ward, which cares primarily for trauma and orthopaedic patients – mainly with broken bones or replacement joints – and South Molton Community Hospital. At South Molton she will see some of the benefits for patients resulting from integration with North Devon District Hospital, making it easier for people to be cared for closer to home.
Carolyn Mills, the Trust’s Director of Nursing, said: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome Chris to the Trust. As the Chief Nursing Officer for England, I wanted her to meet some more of our staff and see for herself some of the new developments at the hospital. “Real improvements are being made for patients, especially now that we run the main hospital and community services together, making it easier to ensure that people are cared for in the right place and at the right time.”
Chris Beasley was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer in October 2004 and is the director within the Department of Health with the lead
for patient and public involvement, the allied health professionals and healthcare scientists. She is also the lead director for the voluntary and community sector.