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Vanessa Ford

Acting Chief Executive

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Having joined the Trust as Director of Nursing and Quality Standards in May 2016, Vanessa Ford became Acting Chief Executive in August 2019.

Vanessa has a wealth of experience, and in 2016, returned to the organisation where she completed her training more than 20 years ago, having previously been Director of Nursing Standards and Governance at West London Mental Health NHS Trust and both Interim Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance and Deputy Director of Nursing and Practice at Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

In addition to her NHS experience, Vanessa is one of two National Professional Advisors to the CQC for Mental Health Nursing, and is also a Honorary Lecturer at Kings College in London.

Vanessa is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing.