NORTHUMBRIA Healthcare has announced that Marion Dickson has been appointed to the post of executive director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

Marion, a Berwick resident who also serves as chief operating officer for surgery for the trust which runs hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside, will focus on continuing to improve quality of care for patients.

“It is a real privilege to step into this new and exciting role,” said Marion.

“I am overwhelmed by the positive responses I have had from staff across the trust. Our excellent staff are the backbone of our organisation and I will continue to work closely with them, supporting them to become the best they can be.”

Marion began her nursing career in 1974, firstly as an auxiliary nurse at her local hospital in Duns prior to her general nurse training at the Western General in Edinburgh. She was a staff nurse and ward manager at Berwick Infirmary for several years before going back to Edinburgh in 1988 to do community nursing studies specialising in health visiting and worked for several years in north Northumberland before taking up a junior management role in 1999.

Since then Marion has worked in various positions throughout the trust, both in the hospital, community, and practice settings initially at operational services manager level then general manager and as deputy director.

“I come from a family of teachers and originally that’s what I set out to be. But, after working in my local hospital, even for that short amount of time, was enough to change my mind. From then on, caring for people – being part of our NHS – was all I wanted to do.

“I am passionate about providing the best care for our patients as well as supporting our staff to enable them to deliver that care.”

Sir Jim Mackey, chief executive at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Marion has done a fantastic job in her various roles here over the years, spearheading numerous projects and fostering an environment where innovation and outstanding patient care have become the norm. She has the NHS in her blood and cares passionately about patients and staff – essential attributes in the role she is taking up.

“I very much look forward to continuing to work with her as we look to implement the trust’s five-year strategy and the NHS Long Term Plan.”

Marion will now sit on the trust’s board of directors.