Paediatric specialist returns as West Suffolk Hospital’s chief nurse

Rowan Procter

Rowan Procter

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A paediatric specialist who managed West Suffolk Hospital’s Rainbow Ward early in her career has returned to the trust as its new chief nurse.

Rowan Procter, who has been acting as interim chief nurse since late 2015, was appointed permanently to the role on Wednesday. She brings with her more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse specialist, manager and sister, and has an interest in paediatrics, emergency care, child protection, adult safeguarding and domestic abuse.

Rowan, who completed her training at St George’s in London, worked at West Suffolk between 1999 and 2002, and managed the children’s ward before taking up a management position.

“I am delighted to return to West Suffolk as chief nurse,” said Rowan, who lives just outside Bury St Edmunds.

“I now plan to start making some real changes which will deliver sustainable improvements for our patients. This includes introducing a new nursing and midwifery strategy and reviewing staffing across the hospital to make sure we are using the skills and experience of our dedicated workforce in the best possible way.

“The ethos and culture at West Suffolk make it a good place to work and I am really looking forward to making the most of every opportunity to further improve the care our patients receive.”

Prof Dr Steve Dunn, chief executive, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Rowan as a permanent member of the team.

“Her skills and experience will prove invaluable as we look for innovative ways to improve care while meeting the challenges the NHS is facing.”