Houston’s previous experience includes 42 years as a registered nurse and is currently conducting research into sepsis in neurological patients.
Houston joined the group in 2013 and has spent six years as the registered home manager of The Laurels Neurological Rehabilitation Centre.
In her new role, Houston will be responsible for the coordination and supervision of evidence-based nursing and best practice across the group, clinical governance and maintaining and further improving patient care. She will also be responsible for patient care pathways that maximise their rehabilitation potential with the aim of discharging them to their home environment.
Other duties include ensuring that the requirements of nurses are met and that registered practitioners assess, plan and implement care of patients in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of conduct. She will also develop and review policies relating to legal compliance and conduct high quality standard clinical audits.
Commenting on her appointment, Houston said: ‘The group receives clients directly from acute facilities and provides a care pathway that maximises their rehabilitation potential with the aim of discharging them to their home environment. We work hard to put our clients at the heart of life and to create a friendly, welcoming environment, so I’m enormously proud to be recognised with this promotion.’
Richard McKenzie, chief executive officer of Christchurch Group, added: ‘Robust governance, safety, leadership, first class evidence-based nursing outcomes and training are top of our agenda.
‘Sue has a proven track record in delivering this and best quality care to our clients. Her promotion is very well deserved and is set to further bolster Christchurch Group’s excellent senior leadership team.’