Leanne Hackshall

Leanne has 37 years’ experience as a Nurse, and within the last 7 years as Director of Nursing and Quality and Deputy Chief Executive, holding Board level Executive responsibility for Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals, leading amongst other key portfolio elements on quality, safeguarding, infection prevention and control, end of life care, and chaplaincy. As an NHS Leader and Educator Leanne is described as wise and compassionate, recognising each individual as an individual, enabling a humanistic and intuitive approach to facilitating professional growth and improvements in practice. She remains committed to the premise that in order to deliver great care, great care and attention of practitioners is key. 

Having only retired from full time NHS practice in October 2021, Leanne’s experiences of those working in healthcare is current and up to date, enabling her to position herself in the shoes of those she is co-facilitating and/or coaching. This ranges, for example, from the experiences of individuals in their everyday practice through to the challenges of staffing, regulation, and safeguarding; and from leadership at a local level through to leadership required at a system level. 

Leanne is new to the role of Associate Facilitator with the Florence Nightingale Foundation but in addition to her professional experience she holds an MA in Clinical Leadership, a Postgraduate Certificate of Medical and Healthcare Education and a Level 7 Institute of Leadership and Management qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. 

Qualifying in 1987 from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital school of nursing in Winchester, Leanne moved to Papworth Hospital and specialised in Cardiothoracic Nursing. On completing her Masters in 2004 she broadened her experiences of education and workforce transformation before taking the post of Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality at Kettering General Hospital. In 2014 Leanne became Director of Nursing and Quality, adding to this the role of Deputy Chief Executive in 2021.