THE Isle of Wight NHS Trust has appointed a new director of nursing and midwifery.

Alice Webster, who will take up her post next month, succeeding Dr Barbara Shuttle, said she was passionate about developing community care and supporting staff to deliver the best possible support.

Currently an NHS Improvement director of nursing, Alice was formerly the director of nursing and quality at East Sussex NHS Hospitals Trust.

She qualified as a registered general nurse and midwife, and subsequently as a health visitor, in the early 1990s, and has worked in both secondary and primary care in the UK and Australia.

She was instrumental in enabling the creation of the England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christchurch University and has published papers on transforming person centred workplace practices and cultures.

Isle of Wight NHS Trust chief executive Maggie Oldham said Alice was joining the executive team at a critical time, after the trust was rated inadequate by Care Quality Commission and placed in special measures.

"We are now consolidating our ‘Getting to Good’ programme and developing a different supportive culture within the trust," she said.

"Alice has a great range of experience which will be important as we move forward on our journey to ensure that all patients on the Isle of Wight get the best possible care."

Alice said: "I am really looking forward to joining the trust and working with teams across the community, ambulance, mental health and hospital based services to build upon and develop care in which patients and service users are central to everything we do."