Trust has a new head of nursing

Ellie Monkhouse is the new executive director of nursing and quality at Northumbria Healthcare.
Ellie Monkhouse is the new executive director of nursing and quality at Northumbria Healthcare.

Northumbria Healthcare has a new director of nursing.

Ellie Monkhouse has taken over the role of executive director of nursing and quality at the NHS Foundation Trust.

She takes over from Debbie Reape, who retired last month after 26 years’ dedicated service to the trust, working mostly as a deputy director for child health and the deputy director of nursing.

Ellie comes to Northumbria by way of Rotherham where she has been acting chief nurse.

She has worked in nursing for 25 years, starting her career in May 1992, and has held a number of high profile positions since, including director of nursing and quality at NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Leeds North CCG.

She said: “I’m delighted to have started at Northumbria and have heard so many amazing things about the trust and the region.

“My main passions within nursing are to drive innovation and encourage good teamwork among our staff and I know that in Northumbria I’ll find like-minded souls.”

Welcoming the appointment, Northumbria chief executive Jim Mackey said: “We’ve always been an organisation that has strived for excellence and Ellie will fit right into that mentality.

“Moreover, it’s a sign of how well we are coming to be regarded that we continue to attract people of such high calibre.”

l North East NHS staff are celebrating after winning a prestigious national award.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), a provider of mental health and disability services, was awarded the highly-acclaimed Provider of the Year award at the annual Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards held at the O2 InterContinental London Hotel last week.

Chief executive John Lawlor said: “This award is for all our dedicated staff who do such an amazing job supporting the people we serve every day, helping them to live the best lives they possibly can.

“Every member of our staff, regardless of their role or grade has played their part and this award is testament to their hard work and compassion.”

The Provider of the Year category recognises excellent patient-centric care built on strong engagement with clinicians within and beyond the organisation.