The former Chief Nursing Officer for England, Dame Christine Beasley, and a former Strategic Health Authority non-Executive Board member Sarah Harkness, were unveiled as two new non-executive directors at the NHS Trust Development Authority at it’s second Board meeting last week.
Dame Christine, who retired as the Chief Nursing Officer earlier this year after holding the top nursing job in England for almost seven years, will chair the important Appointments Committee at the NHS TDA and bring her experience to bear to support the organisation as it establishes its Clinical Directorate which is designed to help NHS Trusts improve the quality of care they provide.
Sarah Harkness, who has a background in corporate finance and spent almost 15 years working in a city merchant bank, will chair the Authority’s Audit Committee.
Welcoming the appointments, the NHS TDA’s Chairman, Sir Peter Carr, said: “It’s great be able to welcome Dame Christine and Sarah as the first non-executive appointments to the NHS TDA Board, as they bring wealth of very senior experience in the fields of quality and finance respectively.
“That experience will help to ensure that the Authority’s Board has the right focus to be able to support NHS Trusts to deliver both high quality and sustainable services in the future.”
Sarah Harkness said: ‘I’m delighted to be asked to take on this important role. Completing the transformation of the provider network in England while improving quality standards and safeguarding NHS Trust finances is a huge challenge and I’m looking forward being a part of the NHS Trusts Development Authority as we deliver the task ahead.’
Dame Christine Beasley said: ‘I am delighted to be joining this new organisation which has such an important job to do. I am looking forward to working with colleagues to support the development of high quality clinical services which improve the care of patients across England.’