New chief nurse a royally good appointment

Jane Scattergood QN

Experienced Queen’s Nurse Jane Scattergood has joined NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as director of nursing and quality.

Jane, who had previously spent six years working for Public Health England (PHE), will take a lead role in ensuring the quality of services for people living on the Fylde Coast.

The mother-of-one said she couldn’t wait to start working with communities and being able to see the impact of her work on local people.

She said: “I have lots of skills and experience in population health and I have spent 15 years or so delivering public health in Barrow-in-Furness and more recently writing national strategies to enhance health for women and babies in the maternity pathway.

“I really wanted to get much closer to the community and actually see things happening. When you are writing strategies at a national level you never really get to see the implementation and the local impact of your work.

“I am excited to get started in the role and looking forward to getting out and about in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. I am keen to meet people, and not just those in the healthcare system but carers and volunteers as well.

“I want to work in partnership with the people of the Fylde Coast and with colleagues in health and social care to support them to live well, live longer and stay well in their own homes. Partnership is the key and that is what I will focus on.”

A Queen’s Nurse is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centered care. The title is available to individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level        of commitment to patient care and nursing practice.

Jane, who lives with her partner Steve and 19-year-old daughter Gabrielle in Barrow, started her nurse training at North Manchester General Hospital in 1986 and later undertook midwifery training in 1991.

Having worked as a midwife and neo-natal nurse in Wigan she joined the graduate management training scheme in the Yorkshire region, going on to become a business manager for the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service.

After a stint working as a health visitor and delivering health visitor training with Lancaster University, Jane joined PHE six years ago to drive up quality in the national screening programmes, later becoming a maternity and early years adviser to PHE.