Sue Smith - Primary Care Wirral Associate Director in Quality Improvement and Workforce

Associate Director in Quality Improvement and Workforce Development

I am Primary Care Wirral Associate Director for Quality Improvement and Workforce Development.

I have been a Nurse and worked within the NHS for almost 40 years. During the last 15 years I have undertaken a nursing and quality role working as Assistant Director for Quality and Safety within a commissioning environment.

My career as a Registered Nurse started in the Accident & Emergency Department of a local acute trust. Ten years later, in 1995, I moved into Primary Care taking a role as a General Practice Nurse. This was followed by a new position as Professional Development Nurse in 2004 for a Primary Care trust with a segway into a Lead Nurse role in CCG.

I have gained extensive experience around nursing and professional leadership working within these varied organisations.

I remain passionate about Primary Care, and I am excited by the prospect of developing strategies to ensure ongoing support and development of GPNs and those involved within the Nursing Team.

I believe in this time of constant flux and change we need to shape our nursing teams in Primary Care.

A strong and sustainable nursing workforce of the future will only be possible if we take the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and leadership qualities.

By developing inclusive and compassionate nursing leaders working at all levels across the NHS we can help improve patient care, people’s health and their experiences of the NHS.