Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Sam Foster as chief nurse.

She qualified as a general nurse in 1993 and has previously worked in both university and NHS trust posts.

She was deputy chief nurse at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, before joining Heart of England FT in 2009 as deputy chief nurse. She has been the organisation’s chief nurse, initially in an interim capacity, since 2013.

Ms Foster said: “I am delighted to accept the chief nurse post at OUH, a decision which involved significant preparation. I have been using the Magnet principles in my organisation for a number of years to develop a practice environment that attracts and retains staff, therefore the OUH ambition to be the first UK Magnet accredited trust was of real significance to me, as it signalled the importance of the nursing and midwifery strategy.”

She will take up the new role in September, replacing interim chief nurse Andrew MacCallum.