New Head of Nursing

Patrick Rafferty, Programme Manager for the Institute of Healthcare Optimization (IHO) patient flow project has been appointed as Head of Nursing for the Medical Directorate.

Patrick started his NHS career 16 years ago as a nursing assistant with NHS Lanarkshire. He subsequently became a nursing student at Edinburgh Napier University and held a number of senior nursing roles in NHS Lothian, before moving to Forth Valley in 2014 as Operational Site Manager for Capacity and Flow. He was assigned to the IHO project a year later.

Patrick has gained a wide range of clinical skills and expertise over his career, with the opportunity to nurse vulnerable patients in a challenging setting. He has also played a lead role in staff education. Director of Nursing, Professor Angela Wallace said she was delighted with Patrick’s appointment as he has a real passion for nursing and service improvement.