Top nurse returns to her roots

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A former Calderdale woman is returning to her roots as new nursing director for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Julie Dawes, originally from Hebden Bridge, will succeed Helen Thomson, who retires from the trust next year after 25 years.

Julie will join the trust from Portsmouth Hospitals Trust to head up the 2,000 nurses at HRI, CRH and in the community in Calderdale.

Chief executive Owen Williams (pictured right), said: “I look forward to welcoming Julie in April next year. She will bring with her a wealth of experience that will continue to take nursing forward in the years to come.”

Julie has worked in hospitals in Leeds, Southampton and Portsmouth. During her time at Portsmouth, complaints about nursing care have fallen by 50 per cent in 12 months, the trust has gained “most improved” status for its cancer care and nurse leadership has been strengthened at all levels.

She said: “I am really looking forward to joining the trust and returning home to my roots after 25 years in the south of the country. I am committed to continuing to improve patient care and hope my expertise in patient safety, patient experience and quality will help the trust and its nursing population build on the work it has already done.”