SARAH Elliott has been appointed as the director for Nursing and Quality for NHS England (South).
Sarah was previously director of nursing in the Wessex Area Team of NHS England and also worked as the director of nursing for the cluster of Primary Care Trusts covering Southampton, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.
After qualifying, Sarah practiced as a nurse in a number of healthcare settings, including intensive care. She later trained as a Health Visitor and Practice Teacher in Brighton.
Sarah has held several director of nursing posts in community and mental health Trusts within the South, as well as working for commissioning bodies.
NHS Over the past three years Sarah has led on joint commissioning contributed to the development of national safeguarding policies, established a Wessex-wide Quality Surveillance Group and initiated multiple patient and public involvement activities.
Sarah said: “It’s an honour to take over this role from Liz Redfern who has done a fantastic job over the last eight years. I’m looking forward to working closely with the rest of the regional team at this new and exciting time for the NHS and in particular driving further quality improvements to patient experience and patient safety across the south.”
Alongside her professional working life, Sarah is a Lay Panel Member with a Youth Offending Team.
The outgoing director of nursing and Quality for NHS England (South), Liz Redfern CBE, is retiring after a varied and distinguished career in a variety of leadership roles in clinical, educational and regulatory organisations. Liz became the Director of Patient Care and Nursing for NHS South West Strategic Health Authority in October 2006 and was appointed to take forward the quality agenda in NHS England South from its inception. She was also the deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England.
Liz said: “The one thing that has not changed in the 45 years I have been a nurse is the need for compassion and courage in the way we care for people at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. I have been proud to witness some of the best care ever given and privileged to work with those who need inspiration and encouragement to improve. I send Sarah all my best wishes for her new role knowing that I could not be succeeded by a better person to take this work on to the next phase of development."