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Date of release: 21 May 2021

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Senior nursing / midwifery roles are really important to provide oversight and support across nursing and midwifery services. Two senior nurses have taken on new roles across two hospitals that I am involved with, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and Walsall Healthcare Trust (WHT). 

Once a month I normally spotlight an individual that has undertaken amazing work, but this month I thought I would pick two people new to roles who are now helping to lead nursing services across two hospital and community Trusts.

Nicki returned to RWT three years ago when she left her position as Divisional Manager of Shropshire Community Healthcare Trust. She previously worked for RWT 30 years ago as a Staff Nurse then Sister in Paediatrics before she left to do health visitor training, graduating with a degree in Health Visiting, then studying for a Masters in Public Health. So it is excellent to see an individual grow and develop and progress in their career.

Nicki Ballard has been appointed Acting Deputy Chief Nurse at RWT and Lisa Carroll has become Interim Deputy Director of Nursing at WHT. Nicki, who is currently Head of Nursing, Division Three, is really looking forward to helping to lead and contribute to the quality and safety agenda. 

Latest News: Chief Nurse's Blog - Nicki Ballard
Nicki Ballard
Latest News: Chief Nurse's Blog - Lisa Carroll
Lisa Carroll


Lisa has been appointed initially for six months, working alongside Caroline Whyte, the current Deputy Director of Nursing. With 29 years in the NHS, Lisa brings a wealth of experience to the team – as well as being a published author, having written a book entitled ‘Acute Medicine – a Handbook for Nurse Practitioners’ in 2007.

Her vast knowledge includes six months as Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Workforce Transformation Lead at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, where she spent much of that time leading the COVID-19 response. Prior to that, she spent six years with private healthcare firm Circle Health, where 70 per cent of the work was for the NHS. Lisa has already seen a lot of keen and enthusiastic staff at WHT and is looking forward to working with the nursing and midwifery teams. 

Thank you both for your commitment to nursing. I wish Nicki and Lisa all the very best in their new roles.

Take care,
Ann-Marie.

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