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Nightingale Hammerson announces new Director of Care and Director of Research, Innovation and Community Engagement

Nightingale Hammerson is pleased to announce their Director of Care, Nuno Santos Lopes, has accepted a new role within the charity as their Director of Research, Innovation and Community Engagement. His professional career has evolved to position Nightingale Hammerson as leaders in the care of older people. The charity is delighted to announce that Chipema Chitambala will be their new Director of Care. Chipema joins Nightingale Hammerson from Jewish Care, as their former Head of Care, and brings a wealth of experience, leadership and expertise in the care of older people.

Chipema’s career began as a General Registered Nurse. After a short period in the acute sector, she focussed on the care of older people, specialising in Health Services Management with the Royal College of Nursing, whilst completing a Master’s degree in Public Health. Chipema has worked across Health and Social Care in the corporate sector, where she cemented her leadership skills before joining Jewish Care at the end of 2017.

Chipema has won several awards, including the Wise Woman in Leadership Award by Faith Magazine in 2015 and most recently, the Health & Social Care Leader of the Year 2021 by Black Women in Care. 

Chipema Chitambala said, “As a leader, I enjoy influencing others positively, connecting with people, problem solving, motivating colleagues and empowering Teams to deliver great results. Most of all, I enjoy mentoring and coaching.”

Nuno Santos Lopes said, “At a time when the Jewish Community and social care in general are evolving, we will work to consolidate good practice and develop our organisation. We aim to meet the needs of the community we serve, whilst impacting the social care sector worldwide.”

Jenny Pattinson, Chief Executive, Nightingale Hammerson, said, “I am delighted to welcome Chipema to Nightingale Hammerson to further develop her incredible career whilst supporting us to continue to deliver outstanding care and support to our Residents, their Families and our valued Staff Teams. Chipema is the perfect person to continue to build on the amazing work Nuno delivered as our Director of Care, which will enable him to confidently commence his new and exciting role developing our Research, Education and Community Engagement Programmes.”

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