Chief nurse’s prestigious new role
01 October 2013
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."