Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages seven hospitals in the city, including Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital, has named Rabina Tindale as its new Executive Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance, also known as the Chief Nurse.

Rabina currently serves as the Executive Chief Nurse and DIPC for Wrightington, Wigan, and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic leadership of the nursing, midwifery, and allied health professional workforce. She also holds Executive Director responsibilities for quality and safety, adult and child safeguarding, and infection prevention and control. Prior to this, Rabina held senior nursing positions in London and Essex.

Over the years, Rabina has been actively involved with the Royal College of Nursing’s professional forum committees. She has served on the RCN Emergency Care Association Forum steering committee, both as a member and as the subsequent chair. Currently, she is a member of the RCN nurses in management and leadership forum committee and serves as the vice-chair. Towards the end of the year, she is set to assume the role of chair.

Rabina received her nursing training locally at Harrogate School of Nursing, just up the road from where she began her career in emergency nursing at St James’s Hospital.

Rabina said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as Chief Nurse of LTHT. It is wonderful to be returning to the organisation, which has a brilliant reputation for providing excellent care, delivered by dedicated, passionate and values-driven staff, living and breathing The Leeds Way. I am so excited and can’t wait to start working with the teams to continue the journey to excellence.”

Prof Phil Wood, Chief Executive at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’m so pleased that Rabina will be joining us at such an important time here at the Trust, and I’m really looking forward to working with her. She brings with her a wealth of experience and some brilliant ideas and insights. She will make a great addition to the Trust Board and our nursing and midwifery team and will play a pivotal role as we continue our journey to be the best for patient safety and quality, as well as the best place to work.

“Our exciting plans at the Trust include continuing to build on our brilliant nurse recruitment and retention schemes, a new adult, children’s and maternity hospital and a number of ways in which we support mums-to-be and new mums in our CQC ‘Good’ rated maternity service.”

“I’d also like to say thank you to Helen Christodoulides for taking on the interim Chief Nurse position until we made a substantive appointment. I very much appreciate her doing so, and she has made an invaluable contribution in the role.”