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New RCN London Regional Director

5 Feb 2018

RCN London is delighted to announce that current Operational Manager Jude Diggins was successful at interview and has accepted the post of RCN London Regional Director

Jude will take up her new position when Bernell Bussue leaves the region at the end of March after a 13 year tenure as Regional Director and 18 years at the RCN. 


A native of Dublin, Jude has lived in the UK for 21 years.  She joined the RCN in late October 2016 as Operational Manager for London, having obtained a Master of Laws with Distinction prior to being appointed.  


Jude’s professional nursing experience spans 30 years – having worked in both the Irish Health System and the NHS.  Jude is a Registered Adult and Sick Children’s Nurse. 


In a wide ranging career Jude has worked across almost all sectors, including Acute Inpatient Care, Paediatrics, Community Services, Learning Disabilities Services, Mental Health and Forensic Mental Health. Jude has worked at all levels from staff nurse to Executive Director.  She is extremely passionate about education and nursing leadership.  


Jude said: “I am thrilled to be taking up the reins as Regional Director in April, and look forward to not only building on the legacy Bernell leaves behind him, but also bringing the London Region forward in an ever evolving healthcare landscape.” 


Bernell said: ”This is a fantastic appointment for RCN London and the response of the whole team to Jude’s appointment was one of pure delight. I am personally thrilled to be able to leave the region in such capable hands.”