NHS safeguarding director takes up new hospice position

A nurse with huge expertise in NHS management has been appointed to a senior place at a hospice for youngsters within the north of England.

Professor Catherine Randall, who has held senior nursing positions at a number of NHS organisations together with NHS England, has been made director of scientific companies at Derian Home Kids’s Hospice.

“I at all times aspired that in the future I want to work for this unimaginable charity” Catherine Randall

The Queen’s Nurse stated she was “over the moon” and “privileged” to be appointed to the place, and recalled the hospice, in Chorley, Lancashire, first opening 30 years in the past when she was a junior nurse.

Professor Randall, who grew up in close by Withnell, will now oversee the scientific staff on the hospice which takes care of round 400 infants, kids and younger folks with life-limiting sicknesses.

She has moved to the hospice from her position of affiliate director of safeguarding at NHS England, which she held for six years.

Her nursing profession spanning 37 years to this point has seen her develop into an honorary professor on the College of Central Lancashire.

She has additionally beforehand held management positions at East Lancashire Medical Commissioning Group (CCG), Trafford CCG, and NHS Central Lancashire.

Alongside her new position at Derian Home, Professor Randall was additionally just lately made non-executive scientific director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Belief.

“I’m over the moon to simply accept this essential and privileged position as director of scientific companies at Derian Home,” stated Professor Randall.

“I bear in mind the hospice opening 30 years in the past after I was a junior nurse. I at all times aspired that in the future I want to work for this unimaginable charity and so this position seems like a dream come true.

“Each baby is paramount and my drive and motivation is to make daily particular for our kids and their households. I imagine I could make a distinction and be certain that they dwell their lives to their full potential.”

Karen Edwards, chief govt of Derian Home, stated: “We’re delighted to welcome Catherine to Derian Home.

“She is going to convey a wealth of abilities, expertise and keenness for bettering the lives of kids and younger folks throughout the subject of healthcare.

“We’re assured that she’s going to proceed to take us on our journey to be the primary specialist supplier of kids’s palliative care all through Lancashire, South Cumbria and Higher Manchester.”

In addition to her position in overseeing care on the hospice, Professor Randall might be partly chargeable for working with NHS commissioners to convey grant funding in.

In response to Derian Home, the hospice wants round £6m to run and solely will get a small proportion from central authorities.

Professor Randall’s appointment comes forward of the retirement of Lynn Grayson, who at the moment holds the place.

Ms Grayson has labored in kids’s nursing for 38 years, and can retire in November, a hospice spokesperson stated.