Following a competitive recruitment process, Nic Kane has been offered and accepted the position of Chief Nurse across Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) and Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Nic is an experienced senior nurse with extensive clinical leadership, and operational experience. She has been Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Kingston Hospital since 2016 and in addition the Interim Director of Nursing & Non-Medical Professionals at HRCH since May 2021, a role she shares with Kumal Rajpaul.
Interim Chief Executive Jo Farrar said: "I look forward to working with Nic on both Trust Boards where I know she will champion the voice of patients and represent our nursing and non-medical professionals workforce, providing clinical leadership, to ensure delivery of excellent and safe patient care.
"I would like to congratulate Nic on her appointment, and I would also like to acknowledge the support from a range of individuals from both trusts, and other partners for supporting the process to recruit to this role."
The decision to appoint a Chief Nurse, for the first time, across the two trusts is in line with the recently published White Paper which asks health and care providers to work in more integrated ways to help address inequalities of access and inequalities of outcomes to health and care for local people. With this in mind, Nic will also represent the voice of patients and staff in the work we are doing at borough level and within the integrated care systems, in which we operate. As Chief Nurse, Nic will also provide clinical oversight at Your Healthcare as part of HRCH’s partnership agreement with them.