Chief nursing and quality officer,
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Trust
Maria Nelligan is an experienced Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse and has held a number of operational, clinical and professional lead roles. In 2015 she was appointed as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare, where she played a pivotal role in the Trust achieving a CQC rating of Outstanding. In 2019 Maria joined Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Nurse and Quality Officer, and Executive Professional Lead for Nursing, AHPs, Psychology and Social Work. Maria is also the Trust Lead for Learning Disability and Autism transformation and is the Chair of the North West Learning Disability and Autism Operational Delivery Network. She has been a long standing member of the National Mental Health and Learning Disability Directors Forum where she has a role of Secretary and Editor.