A new chief nurse has been taken on to oversee the 2,500 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants across West Herts’ three hospitals.
Professor Tracey Carter will start the job – which will also include acting as Director of Infection, Prevention and Control at the Trust – in July.
She said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans hospitals. The Trust has invested heavily in new nurses and midwives over the last year and I look forward to working with the entire staff body to further improve the care provided to patients.”
West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Samantha Jones congratulated Tracey on the ‘crucial’ role.
She said: “I am delighted to welcome Tracey to our team. Chief Nurse is a crucial role and Tracey’s extensive skills and experience will help her play a key role in shaping the future of our hospitals and the care that we provide to our patients on a day to day basis.”
Tracey is currently Deputy Chief Nurse at Barts Health NHS Trust, which is the UK’s largest teaching hospital. Prior to this, Tracey was Deputy Director of Nursing at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust and Head of Nursing Cancer Services at West Middlesex Hospital.
Tracey replaces Jackie Ardley who has been in the role on an interim basis since summer last year.