New independent nurse member announced
Sally Thomson has been confirmed as the new Independent Nurse Member for the Governing Body of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She takes over from Mary Clarke whose two year appointment has just ended.
Dr Andrew Murray, Chair of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
"I am delighted to welcome Sally to the Governing Body. This is an important time for the CCG as we develop our new strategy and make sure that the patient voice is at the heart of everything that we do. Sally's breadth of experience across the fields of nursing in the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors will be very valuable.
"I would also particularly like to thank Mary Clarke for her outstanding support and involvement in the work and development of the governing body since the formation of the CCG. Her knowledge and experience have helped Merton CCG establish a strong commitment to ensuring the highest quality clinical services for the people we serve. I know the Governing Body and CCG staff she has worked with will join with me in wishing her the very best for the future. "
Sally will take up the role on 13 August 2015.
About Sally Thomson
Sally trained in both general and mental health nursing, and has always worked in areas that allowed her to use insights from both fields of nursing, initially as a Ward Sister at Guy's Hospital and then whilst studying for a higher degree began a career in nurse education beginning with preregistration nurse training and then moving to the Royal College of Nursing where she worked for 19 years, firstly in the preparation of nurse teachers up to Masters level, before moving over to policy work in the college. Sally ended her career there as Director of the Department of Nursing Policy and Practice and developed a broad insight into nursing issues across the health sector in this role. In an attempt to continue to improve the patient experience, her career then developed as a Director of Nursing in Mental Health. From there Sally began to work independently and has had a range of challenging projects and roles to do with quality and safety across the health sector.