A UNIVERSITY hospital chief nursing officer has been congratulated by colleagues after landing a national role at the NHS following seven years service in the city.
Mark Radford is leaving the trust that runs University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby to become National Director of Nursing for Improvement at NHS Improvement.
After qualifying as a nurse in 1994, Professor Radford joined UHCW in 2009 after working as a consultant nurse in Emergency Care at Heart of England Foundation Trust.
His new role will see him responsible for issues relating to the nursing workforce nationally as well as nursing quality of care.
He said: “I’ve loved my time at UHCW and I am proud of the many achievements we’ve made during my seven years.
“However this opportunity to work at a national level to bring positive change for nurses and actively promote their full skills and the importance of their role was too good an opportunity to pass.
“So while I’m sad to be leaving, I am incredibly excited about this next step and all that can be achieved.”
Professor Andy Hardy, chief executive officer at UHCW, said: “I want to personally thank Mark for his outstanding contribution to UHCW.
“He has been a great team member and his enthusiasm will be missed but his new role is a great opportunity for him to influence nursing matters on a national scale.”