WORKFORCE: A senior nurse from the north east has been made a visiting professor at the University of Teesside.

Tricia Hart is deputy chief executive/director of nursing and patient safety at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In a statement, the trust said professor Hart had worked tirelessly to improve the care delivered to patients and her leadership of senior nurses had helped to achieve significant improvements in reducing healthcare associated infections and other patient safety indicators.

Professor Hart said: “I feel privileged to have been a member of the nursing profession for 38 years and am absolutely delighted by what this title means for nursing in South Tees.

“The caring component of nursing includes much more than a combination of the scientific and technical – it is a balance of the head, the heart, the hands, or the science, the skill and the spirit,” she said.

She added: “I believe nurses have before them a unique opportunity today – and for the future - if nursing does not waver from what it has always known to be true - compassionate humane care born out of deep reflection  and  the desire  to make a difference when a person is at their most vulnerable.”

Paul Keane, dean of the school of health and social care at Teesside University, said:  “I am personally pleased for Professor Hart who has given so much to nursing but more importantly for her commitment to raising the standards and quality of care through her outstanding national leadership.”

Professor Keane added: “She is an excellent role model for all and we are fortunate in having her working with Teesside University in preparing the workforce for the future.”