Sussex mental health trust appoints new chief nurse

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A nurse leader who started her career as a healthcare assistant has been appointed chief nurse at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Jane Padmore, who has worked in mental health and learning disability services since 1990, will start her new role in August.

“She brings with her a huge wealth of leadership experience across mental health and learning disabilities services”

Sam Allen

She will replace Acosia Nyanin, who has been appointed chief nurse for the NHS England and NHS Improvement South East region.

Sussex Partnership provides mental health, learning disability and forensic health care for people living in South East England and is currently rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission.

Dr Padmore will join the trust from her current role of chief nurse and director of quality and safety at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a position she has held since 2016.

In May 2019 she helped the trust to become one of only five mental health and learning disability trusts in England to gain the top CQC rating.

Dr Padmore, who started out as a healthcare assistant, has experience across learning disability, adult and child mental health, as well as forensic services.

She joined Hertfordshire Partnership in 2014 as deputy director of nursing quality and safety. She has been involved in clinical, service development and academic work throughout her career.

“I’m really positive about what we can achieve on behalf of patients, families and staff by working together”

Jane Padmore

Sam Allen, chief executive of Sussex Partnership, said: “Jane will be a great addition to our board of directors at Sussex Partnership.

“She brings with her a huge wealth of leadership experience across mental health and learning disabilities services.

“This will be of huge value in our ongoing work to improve the care, treatment and support we provide to the local communities we serve.”

Dr Padmore said: “I’m delighted to be joining the team at Sussex Partnership in August.

“Having worked within mental health and learning disability services for 30 years, I’m passionate about making sure we provide the best possible care and treatment to the vulnerable people who need our services.”

She added: “We have lots of challenges ahead after the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, but I’m really positive about what we can achieve on behalf of patients, families and staff by working together.”

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