Save The Mid has constantly questioned the creditability of the decisions made bu the Directors of the NHSCT, the decisions that were made in the name of patient safety have led to some of the worst episodes of patient safety within the trust.
A further review should be under taken by the DHSSPS and Heath Minister to investigate past decision made by Valerie Jackson.
The director was involved in the controversial decision to remove acute services from the Mid Ulster hospital, the closure at the time was classed a crisis closure. What needs to be answered who caused the crisis closure ?
Save The Mid will keep constant pressure upon the board of the NHSCT with the view that Chairman Jim Stewart be brought to Health Minister Edwin Poot's and questioned on the activity of the NHSCT board during his rein as chairman.
Valerie Jackson took up the post of Director of Acute Hospital Services on 2 November 2009. She trained as an RGN in the Royal Victoria Hospital (1985-1988) gaining her midwifery qualification in 1991. Having held many nursing posts in a wide range of hospital and community settings, she joined the Northern Ireland General Management Training Scheme in 1995 which involved working in range of posts in a variety of Trusts in Northern Ireland. She was appointed Project Manager for Phase 1 of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1997.
Between 1998 and 2003 Valerie worked as Directorate Manager for Medicine, General Manager for Emergency Care and Divisional Manager for the Division of Medicine and Surgery before leaving the Royal Victoria Hospital in 2003 to take up post as Director of Nursing and Primary Care in the Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust.
In 2007 she was appointed to the position as Director of Older People Medicine and Surgery in the Belfast Trust and was also Executive Director for Nursing until June 2009 when she stood down from that role to allow Trauma and Orthopaedic services to join the Older People Medicine and Surgery Service Group.
- Accident and Emergency
- Acute corporate services
- Acute facilities
- AHP physiotherapy and dietetics
- Critical care (intensive care and high dependency)
- Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (ICATS)
- Relevant outpatients
- Sexual health
- Surgical services