Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust appoints interim director of nursing after damning inspection report

Dawn Collins. Photo: NSFT

Dawn Collins. Photo: NSFT - Credit: NSFT

An interim director of nursing, quality and patient safety has been appointed at the region’s mental health trust.

Dawn Collins, who has been deputy director of nursing and education since joining Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) two years ago, took on the role following the resignation of Jane Sayer on Wednesday.

In her new position, she will be responsible for all aspects of nursing at the trust.

Along with the rest of the board, she will support improvements in quality and patient safety – two key areas highlighted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in its recent inspection report.

MORE: Not enough staff, not enough beds – inspectors brand region’s mental health trust inadequate againMs Collins, who trained as a nurse in Kings Lynn in 1986, said: “I am delighted to have been offered this new role.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity to drive forward significant improvements for our service users and their families and carers, and I look forward to starting that work as soon as possible.


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“The CQC report has brought with it huge challenges, but also gives us a fantastic chance to drive through changes which will make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

MORE: Pressure mounting on failing mental health trust top teamMs Collins, who will also become a member of the trust board, has worked in a variety of roles throughout her 30-year career.

She has taken on senior positions in Yorkshire and at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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It is hoped she will help to shape NSFT’s direction and future strategy in her new role.

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