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A message from our new Deputy Director of Clinical Governance

Posted by admin on March 15, 2019

Hello my name is Stuart. I have recently joined the Trust as Deputy Director of Clinical Governance. I am a Paediatric Nurse by background with all my nursing experience being in the Emergency Department where I worked for over 10 years at the Royal Bolton Hospital and also some time working in Australia.

Whilst working as a nurse I developed an interest in the legal aspects of healthcare and decided to study law and pursue a career in the legal sector. I soon discovered this was not for me and the pull of returning to the NHS was too strong. I started my career in governance as a Patient Safety Officer at Tameside Hospital as part of the turnaround Journey following the Keogh Review following which the Trust was placed into special measures.

During my time at Tameside I became the Head of Openness and Candour which is to say the Head of Patient Safety, PALS & Complaints and Legal Services. I undertook this role for a number of years before moving to NHS Improvement to gain experience working as a regulator, working at a wider system level and to understand how the different NHS bodies work. Once again I soon realised this role was not for me and I much preferred working in an acute Trust, some may say I’m institutionalised!

I was very lucky to work with a number of Trusts across the North West whilst at NHS Improvement, one being UHMBT. Knowing UHMBT would be a “great place to be cared for; a great place to work” when I saw the vacancy for Deputy Director of Clinical Governance I didn’t hesitate to apply for the role.

Much of my time away from work is spent juggling with my wife between standing at the side of cold wet fields watching my two young boys , Noah (8) and Jude (6) play football or rugby (league). As a family we love sport, and living in Leigh near Wigan we are big rugby league fans, supporting (for our sins) Leigh Centurions and also Warrington Wolves (to get a taste of victory every now and again).

Family rivalries exist when it comes to football as we have Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool fans in our house – as the Manchester United fan this has been particularly difficult for me over the past couple of years!

I am really pleased and excited to be joining such a great team at UHMBT and very much look forward to meeting and working with everyone.  

 

Kind Regards,

Stuart Bates
Deputy Director of Clinical Governance

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