Former head of NHS nursing strategy joins Belong

Former NHS England head of nursing strategy and commissioning, Stacey McCann, has been appointed chief operation officer at care village operator, Belong.

Stacey, who was recently responsible for the implementation of NHS England’s national nursing, midwifery and care staff framework, ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’, has spent 36 years in the NHS.

“After such a long time within the NHS it might be seen by some as a bold move into the care sector but Belong is at the vanguard of dementia care in England and I am impressed by the organisation’s vision for the future of dementia care provision; therefore the move is a considered one for me at this time in my career,” Stacey said.

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During her time with the NHS, Stacey held the posts of national lead for strategic programmes and business, assistant head of commissioning (nursing) and commissioning lead.  As associate director of the North East Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Alliance, she was also responsible for management of the strategic review of the alliance’s cancer services between 2012 and 2013, and previously gained experience in a number of management posts within Yorkshire and Humberside.

Belong chief executive, Tracey Stakes, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract such a senior NHS figure to Belong. I believe our vision for our leading role in the future of dementia care in the UK has helped Stacey to make her decision and I am confident that we have the necessary building blocks in place to see us through the next ten years of planned expansion.”

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