Nurse Director, Ayrshire and Arran
Hazel started in the NHS in 1984 as a nursing auxiliary and achieved registration as an RGN in 1988 in Bolton, Lancashire. She held a series of staff nurse posts in Bolton and NHS Tayside in Scotland and then became a Senior Charge Nurse in 1996 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Tayside.
In 1999 Hazel became Clinical Governance Co-ordinator for the Acute Trust in NHS Tayside and in 2004 she took up post as Head of Clinical Governance & Patient Safety at NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (the predecessor organisation to Healthcare Improvement Scotland).
After a four years working at national level, Hazel was appointed as Nurse Director in NHS Dumfries and Galloway in 2008 and was delighted to take up post as Nurse Director in Ayrshire and Arran in January 2016. Her current post carries a portfolio of: professional leadership for nurses, midwives and AHPs; Healthcare Associated Infection / Infection Prevention & Control; Public Protection (incorporating child protection, adult support & protection, MAPPA, PREVENT and GBV); quality improvement, patient safety and healthcare governance; equality & diversity.
In June 2012 she became a Health Foundation Fellow, successfully completing a Masters in Leadership (Quality Improvement) in 2014 as a Generation Q Fellow; and in June 2013 was delighted to be appointed as Honorary Professor, School of Health and Nursing at the University of the West of Scotland.
In May 2019 she was appointed as a professional advisor to the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman.
Hazel represents the Scottish Executive Nurse Directors on a number of national forums including topics such as healthcare associated infection, quality of care and patient safety.