New Nurse Director appointed for NHS Lothian

 NHS LOTHIAN has made a key nurse leadership appointment.
Melanie Hornett will be joining the board in Spring 2009 as the new Nurse Director, replacing Professor Heather Tierney Moore.


The Nurse Director position is an executive director role, with the postholder sitting on the board of NHS Lothian. The Nurse Director is responsible at board level for a number of key areas, leading on work in involving patients and the public in NHS care and providing leadership for NHS Lothian’s nursing and allied health professional staff.

Melanie Hornett is currently Director of Nursing and Patient Services at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a role she held for more than three years.

James Barbour, chief executive of NHS Lothian, said:

"I am delighted to be able to welcome Melanie to NHS Lothian, and look forward to working with her. NHS Lothian has been at the forefront of innovative redesign of services for patients and I know Melanie will play a key role in taking this further forward within nursing and midwifery".

Melanie Hornett, the new nurse director, said:

"I am delighted to be joining NHS Lothian as the Nurse Director. NHS Lothian is highly-regarded within the UK and abroad and I look forward to working with colleagues in NHS Lothian to drive improvements in patient care."