• The chief nurse of Dudley Group Foundation Trust, Siobhan Jordan, has left the organisation
  • Departure comes amid an independent investigation into whistleblowers’ claims of poor leadership at the trust
  • But trust leaders have praised Ms Jordan for her contribution

A chief nurse who was named in a whistleblowing letter from senior doctors at a struggling acute trust is set to leave her post.

Dudley Group Foundation Trust said Siobhan Jordan would be leaving the organisation later this month. The trust declined to comment when asked whether she had resigned.

The news comes amid an investigation into whistleblowing claims by 42 senior clinicians alleging poor leadership at the trust. In a letter, sent in July to the trust chair, clinicians named Ms Jordan, alongside trust chief executive Diane Wake.

They claimed the trust had developed a “culture of bullying and intimidation where staff are too scared to raise concerns”.

Earlier this week, HSJ reported that Ms Jordan had gone on extended leave, which the trust said was unrelated to the whistleblowing probe.

In a statement announcing her departure, the trust said: “The chief nurse for The Dudley Group FT, Siobhan Jordan, is leaving the trust to seek new challenges closer to home and to be near her family.”

Diane Wake, chief executive, added: “On behalf of the trust, I would like to extend my very best wishes to Siobhan and thank her for her energy and commitment to improving the care delivered to our patients.

“Throughout her time at the trust, Siobhan has achieved a number of significant milestones to support better outcomes for our patients and well as actively engaging with staff, patients and their families.”

In a statement, Ms Jordan said: “I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all the staff and volunteers that I have worked closely with during my time at Dudley and I wish everyone all the very best in the future.”

HSJ understands the whistleblowing investigation, being carried out by Capsticks, is due to be completed later this month.

The trust was recently heavily criticised by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year over the safety of its emergency services. In September, HSJ reported that the trust has received four enforcement action notices since January this year.

Meanwhile the Royal Wolverhampton Trust was brought in to help the trust make improvements within nursing and its emergency services.