Christie nursing chief to be Chief Nurse in the North West

Press release posted 27 June 2019

The Christie’s Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Nursing and Quality, Jackie Bird has been appointed to the role of Chief Nurse in the North West by NHS England and NHS Improvement.  Jackie, who lives in Tintwistle near Glossop, will take up her new role in September.

Commenting on the appointment, Christie Chief Executive Roger Spencer said: “We are absolutely delighted that our Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Quality, Jackie Bird has been made Chief Nurse for the North West for NHS England and NHS Improvement.

“Since taking up the role at The Christie in 2011, Jackie has made a huge impact at the Trust, helping us becoming the only specialist trust in the country to be awarded ‘Outstanding’ status by the Care Quality Commission twice.

“Jackie has a wealth of experience in nursing and this has been acknowledged in a number of awards she has won during her career. We are extremely proud that she has been chosen for such a high profile role and wish her every success. At The Christie we are proud of the calibre of staff we employ, many of who are leaders in their field and Jackie exemplifies the drive for improvement and excellence which underpins The Christie’s status as one of the leading hospitals in the world for cancer treatment and research.”

At The Christie, Jackie was instrumental in the creation of the Christie Quality Mark, which reassures patients they will receive the highest possible care wherever The Christie services are delivered.

Commenting on her appointment Jackie said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chief Nurse of the North West and look forward to working with the regional team and colleagues across the North West.”

Jackie came to The Christie from the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, where she was Chief of Quality and Standards and Chief Nurse. She was previously Deputy Director of Nursing and Governance at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Jackie has a background in mental health nursing and is passionate about safety and quality across health systems.

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.