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Head and shoulder shot of Darryn Allcorn

Head and shoulder shot of Darryn Allcorn We are delighted to share the news that Darryn Allcorn is set to join us as our new Chief Nurse and Director of Integrated Clinical Professions. Darryn, who is currently Chief Nursing Officer with NHS Devon, already knows us well and will be joining on a 12-month secondment.

Having worked in the former North Devon District Hospital and been the Strategic Nursing Officer for the Nightingale Exeter and Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID vaccination programme across the county during the pandemic, Darryn brings with him a wealth of experience and nursing leadership capability.

Darryn said: “I am excited to be joining the Trust at this time and looking forward to working with new and existing colleagues across the organisation. I am committed to supporting professional standards and the best outcomes for the communities we serve, whilst supporting further development and wellbeing of our nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and scientists delivering the very best experience and outcomes for all.

“I am exceptionally proud of the teams within the Devon Integrated Care Board (ICB) and what they have achieved over the last 12 months of transition to an ICB and the continued focus on individual outcomes and drivers to improve quality.”

Chief Executive Ann James said: “We talk about system working and this is an example of that at its best, sharing our most experienced colleagues across the county to get critical jobs done and deliver the best care we can for our communities. I am grateful to NHS Devon for supporting this move when there is so much work going on across the county. I know Darryn will bring leadership and experience to our senior team at a critical time as we look to reduce the time people wait for both planned and emergency care. Darryn’s secondment will formally start on 1 May 2023 and during April, Darryn will work on a handover of the role from Lenny Byrne, who has made an outstanding contribution to UHP over the last four years.”

Jane Milligan, Chief Executive of NHS Devon, said: “Darryn’s work is exemplary and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic he brought people and teams together to achieve exceptional outcomes at time of unprecedented challenge. His leadership of the vaccination programme was outstanding, as was his work as the nursing SRO on Exeter Nightingale – helping to ensure the safety of countless patients across the wider South West. We wish him well in this new role and look forward to continuing to work with him and all our partners across health and care.”

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