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Sue Balcombe

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

The information on this page is historic. Visit the UHBW Trust Board pages for the latest information.

Sue Balcombe - Non-Executive Director (Designate)

Appointed from 1 June 2019. 

Sue is a registered nurse, who trained at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. She has over 35 years' experience of the NHS and healthcare working in both acute and community settings as well as in a mental health trust. She has significant urgent and emergency care clinical experience as well as being a qualified health visitor. In her early nursing career Sue worked in A&E in Taunton progressing to become ED Sister. She then moved into senior community nursing roles, taking on more senior leadership roles in Taunton Deane PCT including Director of Nursing and Patient Services in 2005. In 2008 Sue was promoted to the role of Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Somerset Community Health where she oversaw the delivery of all adult services and led the professional leadership of all clinical staff. Following their acquisition, Sue was made Director of Nursing and Patient Safety for the new Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and in 2013 was promoted to the roles of Interim Chief Operating Officer, Executive Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive while the organisation was going through complex transition. After a year Sue became substantive Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Patient Safety. Sue took early retirement in late 2017, wanting to focus on her non-executive career and she was keen to use her skills and experience to make a positive contribution across a wider geography. Sue was duly appointed associate Non-Executive Director at Weston Area Health Trust in June 2018 and became a full Non-Executive Director in December 2018. During this time Sue supported the Board on the planned merger by UH Bristol.

  Sue Balcombe