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Lorna Wilkinson, Chief of Nursing and MidwiferyFrimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has officially welcomed its new Chief of Nursing and Midwifery.

Lorna Wilkinson has joined the Trust’s Board as a highly experienced and respected nursing leader.

She will help Frimley Health deliver its vision of being a leader in health and wellbeing, providing exceptional services in its hospitals and in the community. 

Lorna was previously Director of Nursing at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust for six years and helped to lead the organisation’s response to the Novichok poisonings in 2018.

She started her career in nursing at the Royal Free Hospital in London, progressing through a number of nursing roles in the capital before moving into quality improvement and clinical governance, followed by senior nursing leadership roles in both Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Salisbury.

Lorna said: “I am delighted to have started my new role at Frimley Health. These are challenging times for everyone, but the NHS as a whole has responded brilliantly to the Covid-19 pandemic and I know that my new colleagues at Frimley Health are no exception.

“Our nursing and midwifery teams have a fantastic reputation for their high quality, compassionate care. I want to help them to build on their previous achievements so that together we can continue to provide the first-class services that our patients and communities expect and deserve.”

Neil Dardis, chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Lorna to Frimley Health as our Chief of Nursing and Midwifery.

“She is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable nurse who has the expertise and strong leadership qualities that will help our nursing and midwifery teams to thrive. I’m sure she will be a real asset to our organisation.”

Lorna is supported by deputy directors Maxine McVey and Alison Szewczyk, who previously led Frimley Health’s nursing and midwifery teams on an interim basis.