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No decision on replacement of Chief Nurse

No decision on replacement of Chief Nurse

Friday 03 July 2020

No decision on replacement of Chief Nurse

HSC is yet to decide whether it will replace its Chief Nurse of five years, Professor Juliet Beal, who resigned for health reasons last month, with Guernsey's Medical Director taking on some of her responsibilities.

Professor Beal stepped down in May following five successful years in the senior role, in which she had professional responsibility for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals across the Bailiwick.

Professor Beal said she was "very proud" to have served the Bailiwick, during which time she successfully delivered the Nursing and Midwifery Council's improvement plan.

She also launched the 'Care Values Framework' in 2016: a four-year plan, which has led to the improvement of health and social care outcomes for patients and service users, as well as supporting professionals in their roles.

Juliet Beal

Pictured: Professor Beal retired as Chief Nurse last month for health reasons.

Commenting at the time of her resignation, she said: "I know this is a difficult time, and I have not taken this decision lightly. I wish HSC well in the future, and am thinking of everyone whilst they courageously deal with the Covid-19 pandemic."

A spokesperson for HSC confirmed that Professor Beal's responsibilities had been absorbed by other members of staff. 

“In terms of cover, HSC can confirm that Governance will be covered by the Medical Director [Dr Peter Rabey] and the Chief Nurse elements of the role will be undertaken in the short term by the Heads of Service that are Registered Nurses.

The spokesperson said a decision had not yet been made about future arrangements. 

"No decision has been made as regards the successor arrangements to the recently retired Chief Nurse," they said. "The cover arrangements previously stated continue whilst dialogue continues internally and with the RCN in respect of the options and opportunities for the Bailiwick."

Pictured top: Guernsey's Medical Director Dr Peter Rabey, who has taken on the governance aspects of the Chief Nurse role.

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