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New Director of Community Nursing 10 June 2008

The Department of Health and Social Security is pleased to announce that Mrs Cath Quilliam has been appointed as Director of Community Nursing Services.

Norman Edward McGregor, Director of Health Strategy and Performance said,

“I am delighted that Cath Quilliam has been appointed to the new post of Director of Community Nursing Services and look forward to working with her in the coming years.”

Mrs Quilliam said,

“My aim is to revitalise community nursing by creating a new vision with staff and providing strong leadership and direction. I am planning to raise the profile of community nursing with our stakeholders as well of finding ways of improving the service.”

Mrs Quilliam added,

“I am looking forward to working with community nursing staff and our multi agency colleagues, to ensure we deliver a responsive appropriate service that has the support of clients and patients that it serves.”

In this newly-created post, Mrs Quilliam will lead the planning, delivery and management of a high quality, cost-effective Community Nursing Service within Primary Care. The post will incorporate the District Nursing Service, the Health Visiting and School Nursing Service, the Isle of Man Prison Nursing Service, the Family Planning Nursing Service, the Safeguarding Children Service and, in relation to professional nursing issues, Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital.

Mrs. Quilliam will also be responsible for providing the strategic direction and the development of service initiatives in partnership with internal and external stakeholders, including the voluntary sector and others.

Mrs. Quilliam’s career in nursing spans twenty six years, with twenty of those spent in community nursing. She joined the Isle of Man Health Service in 1995 working as a health visitor for six years, before taking on the role of manager of the health visiting and school nursing service. Prior to taking on the role of Director of Community Nursing Mrs. Quilliam held the position of designated nurse for safeguarding children.

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