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Helen Lidbetter

Helen Lidbetter

Associate Director of Quality & Governance, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

I am proud to have been a Nurse for almost 40 years. My experience has been in a variety of settings and includes Surgical Nursing, Intensive Care, Resuscitation Officer, Specialist Nursing including setting up a Nurse led Rapid Response service and Nurse Leadership.

I have worked at Northampton General Hospital since 2013 firstly as a Medical Matron overseeing the care delivered within a number of speciality areas. In 2015 I became a Nursing and Quality Matron and have enjoyed seeing care to our patients measurably improve through inter-professional collaborative work and specific Quality Improvement projects. I am particularly proud of jointly leading the development and implementation of the Ward Assessment and Accreditation tool and was able to present a poster on the work at the Pathway to Excellence© conference in Texas in May 2017.

As the Associate Director of Nursing within Medicine and Urgent Care I had overall responsibility for quality and safe, effective and compassionate care across the division. We had a huge variety of patient care needs from the acuity in the Emergency Department and specialist respiratory, renal and cardiology wards through to the complexities of the older person.

I was excited and honoured to be the Deputy Director of Nursing. I have a passion for compassionate and skilled nursing care and for seeing staff develop and grow into senior professional roles. I want us to be celebrating and harnessing our diversity and recognise that this is a real strength in our nursing workforce.

Having retired in March 2023, I now work for our Medical Director as Associate Director for Quality and Governance. Using my experience and passion for the prevention of clinical deterioration, I took over the lead of a great team in the National Worry and Concern Collaborative and am delighted to continue the work in the implementation of Martha’s Rule.

I also like baking and offset the calories by swimming or running every morning before work and taking long walks with my dog at weekends

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