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New role for chief nurse Tracey Carter

Posted: 25 January 2023

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Tracey Carter, chief nurse and director of infection prevention and control (DIPC), has been appointed to the role of chief nursing officer and executive director of midwifery at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Tracey has made an extraordinary contribution to West Herts Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since joining in 2014 and is highly respected in the organisation and more widely.

Trust chief executive Matthew Coats said: "Many congratulations to Tracey on securing such a prestigious role, one of the most senior nursing jobs in the NHS.

"She is a person of exceptional ability, empathy and integrity. Under her leadership we have moved out of special measures, reached very low vacancy rates in large parts of the nursing workforce and have created a working environment that is rich in development opportunities for our nursing, allied health professionals and midwifery colleagues.

"She has helped put the trust on the map for all the right reasons, through an impressive array of awards and also an increasingly positive reputation for the trust as a place to work.”

Tracey’s focus on support for her teams across the trust and her own personal commitment were recognised by her award of the MBE in 2020.

"On a personal note, I am particularly grateful to Tracey for her support to me since I joined last year," adds Matthew. "Whilst we are very sad to see her leave, we are proud of what Tracey has achieved and we share her excitement that she is going on to an even bigger role in a leading London teaching trust. Losing staff to more senior posts reflects the professional growth that we offer our staff."

Tracey takes up her new post in June and leaves a strong legacy and foundation. The trust is confident that it will make a great appointment to replace her.


  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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