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NHS Fife is pleased to announce that Barbara Anne Nelson has been appointed as its new Director of Workforce.

Barbara Anne most recently served as the Human Resources Director for The State Hospital at Carstairs, prior to returning to NHS Fife as the Interim Director of Workforce earlier this year.

Having began her health service career here in Fife in 1979, Barbara Anne fulfilled a number of roles before moving to Greater Glasgow Health Board. Born and bred in Dunfermline, she returned to the Kingdom in 1990 to take up a senior position within Fife Regional Council as it was then. After many years working for the local authority, Barbara Anne returned to health service in Fife as Deputy Director of Human Resources where she remained until 2014 before her appointment to The State Hospital.

In her spare time, Barbara Anne is an avid follower of Dunfermline Athletic, following her beloved both Pars home and away. Her family also has a long-standing association with the club where her father Joe served as chief scout, and later kit man, over a number of years.

On her appointment to the position, Barbara Anne said:

"As a Fifer myself, I am delighted to take up the position as the Board’s Director of Workforce – it feels very much like I am coming ‘home’.

“It is also a particularly exciting time to take up this role as we support our workforce to respond and adapt to meet the constantly evolving health needs of people across Fife.

“I look forward to working alongside my colleagues, both those who I have known previously and new, to provide accessible and effective services for patients when they need it most.”

On Barbara Anne’s appointment, NHS Fife Chief Executive, Paul Hawkins, added:

“I am really happy to welcome Barbara Anne as NHS Fife’s new Director of Workforce.

“Barbara Anne brings a wealth of experience to the position having garnered considerable experience in human resources roles across the NHS, Scottish Government and Fife Council.

“She has proven over recent months how valuable an asset she is and will undoubtedly play a key role as we go about developing and improving healthcare services for the people of Fife.”