NHS Gloucestershire is welcoming Marie Crofts into the role of chief nursing officer this autumn 2023, after a successful tenure as chief nurse at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Crofts has been nursing for 39 years, with impressive senior managerial experience and time at commissioning and provider organisations, such as delivering mental health and learning disability services to people across Gloucestershire while employed as director of quality and nursing at the former 2gether NHS Foundation Trust — before it merged to form Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Chief executive at NHS Gloucestershire, Mary Hutton, said: 'Marie brings a wealth of experience from across the NHS, and I look forward to working with her to transform the quality of support and care we provide to local people and improve the health and wellbeing of our population.
'She will be focused on working with partners to develop and support the wonderful nursing workforce we have in Gloucestershire, and ensuring we build a bright future for the profession.'
Crofts added: 'I'm passionate about improving the care and experience of patients, and I look forward to working with colleagues across the One Gloucestershire integrated care system, particularly amongst nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, to build on the excellent work already taking place here.'
Current chief nursing officer, Marion Andrews-Evans, steps down in autumn 2023 after 46 years of nursing within NHS Gloucestershire and across the South West.