The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust will welcome Sue Smith back as its new executive chief nurse.
Sue started her career with the trust as a nursing auxiliary in 1989 before becoming a student nurse and then a registered general nurse at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in 1993.
Jackie Daniel, chief executive at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved with the trust that we have attracted someone of Sue’s calibre to come and join us.
“It is a real coup.
“I know that Sue is absolutely committed to delivering first class care and will provide clear, professional and strong leadership.
“Sue has held a number of posts on the wards as well as specialist roles in diabetes and recruitment.
“Sue has also operated at board level in a number of very well respected trust’s with specific responsibility for patient safety and infection prevention.”
Sue Smith said: “I am really excited to be joining the trust at this time in their development.
“I care about the patient and ensuring that all staff take the time to listen to them.
“While I am a board member, first and foremost I am a nurse and I am passionate about getting it right first time for everyone who uses our hospitals.
“One of my priorities will be on ensuring the patient’s needs are the focus of what we all do.”