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Chief nurse’s prestigious new role

01 October 2013

Health Care

Southend University Hospital’s chief nurse has landed an important new role in the recent NHS reorganisation.

Sue Hardy, who is also the Trust's deputy chief executive, has been appointed a member of East of England Clinical Senate Council, which covers a population of 5.8m people. Her role will be to help shape health services locally.

Clinical Senates have been created across the country to give an expert overview of healthcare for their region and provide independent advice and leadership on how health services can best be tailored to meet the specific needs of their local populations. Members are chosen for their wealth of experience, proven track record in designing health policy and for the high regard they are held in by their peers. Their role is to advise clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) and NHS England, helping them make the best decisions for the health of their local populations.

Sue, who has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, describes herself as 'dynamic and enthusiastic', said:  "I am delighted to have been selected and feel I will be able to bring valuable insight to the role.

 "My priority is to make sure services are founded on clinical excellence and provide  a fantastic patient experience - just like I would want my mum to receive.

 "I believe I was chosen because of my passion for improving patients' experience of the health and social care system and am greatly looking forward to this new challenge."