Darryn Allcorn – Chief Nurse

Joined Board: January 2014 as Interim Director of Workforce and Development

Commenced current role: August 2018


  • Registered Nurse
  • DipHE
  • Registered Nurse Lecturer (LPE)
  • MSC
  • FHEA
  • PGCertED

Background and Experience

Darryn qualified as a registered Nurse in 1995 and started his career in acute medical nursing, undertaking a variety of nursing roles before developing an interest in Education and Organisational Development. Initially this transition was as a clinical educator both within the NHS and University arenas, the passion for Organisational Development continued and he was appointed as Head of Education and staff development in 2005. In 2010 he was appointed Assistant Director for Workforce at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. During this time he led a number of service developments and changes in processes that have enhanced staff experience and access to development, whilst supporting a portfolio of Organisational Development and implementing a process that enabled detailed workforce planning, and enhanced the cohesion of workforce systems but maintained his passion and skills around nursing. Since 2014 Darryn has undertaken varied Board roles including Workforce Director and a joint role including Nursing, Workforce and Quality. In July 2016 Darryn also undertook the role of Senior Responsible Officer for workforce as part of the Devon STP and is now the Chief Nurse. Darryn was appointed Honorary Associate Professor with the University of Exeter.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Nursing, Midwifery and Therapies Strategies including Maternity Board Champion
  • Professional regulation of nurses and midwives
  • Director of Infection Prevention & Control
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Patient safety and quality
  • Risk
  • Clinical Governance
  • Quality Improvement

Membership of Board sub-committees

  • Governance Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Patient Experience Committee (Deputy Chair)Charitable Funds Committee
  • Integrated Safeguarding Committee (Chair)
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Safety & Risk Committee (Deputy Chair)

Membership of other key Trust committees

  • Infection Prevention & Decontamination Group (Chair)
  • Partnership Forum
  • Incident Review Group (Chair)
  • Health & Safety Group (Chair)

Membership of external committees

  • Devon Safeguarding Adults’ Board Executive Meeting
  • Clinical Cabinet (STP)

Entry on Register of Interests

  • Directorships:
  • Ownershipof companies: None
  • Shareholdingsin organisations: None
  • Positionin charity or voluntary organisations: None
  • Contractinginterests: Chief Nursing Officer – Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Any other interests: Honorary Associate Professor (University of Exeter), Chief Nursing Officer – Devon STP

Last updated: May 14, 2020