Professor Trish Morris-Thompson, director of quality and clinical governance at Barchester Healthcare, has announced her retirement on 28 February.
One of the most senior nurses in the care sector, Professor Morris-Thompson has worked for 38 years in the NHS and private sector.
She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chief nurse at Barchester, where I have been humbled and inspired by the individuals working for the company, who are committed to delivering compassionate, person-centred care for our residents and patients.
“I am delighted to have been an ambassador for staff in this sector. I’m proud of the evolution of the company during my time here and am excited by the plans going forward.”
Professor Morris-Thompson’s other current roles include: nurse advisor to Care England; Trustee for the Florence Nightingale Foundation; and a position in the NMC Professional Strategic Advisory Group.
Dr Pete Calveley, CEO at Barchester Healthcare said: “Trish joined Barchester nearly four years ago and since then we have made significant steps in enhancing the quality of care that we provide to our residents and patients, and this is reflected in the improvements that we have seen in our ratings from our regulators.
“In addition, she has overseen the development of a new dementia care programme and driven a number of major changes in the way her department is structured and supports the rest of the business in achieving our long-term quality goals.
“She has also been a fantastic ambassador not just for Barchester but for the nursing profession as a whole.
“I’d like to thank Trish for everything that she has achieved during her time with Barchester and for her support during my time as CEO, and I wish her every success in the future.”