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Amanda Stanford

Amanda Stanford

Amanda Stanford

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Chief Nurse and Executive Director for Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals

Area of responsibility

As Chief Nurse and Executive Director for Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, Amanda is responsible for the professional leadership of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional workforce, non-medical education and training, safeguarding and patient experience and is the Director of Infection Prevention and Control. Amanda shares responsibility for the Quality and Safety portfolio with the Executive Medical Director and leads on risk and compliance.

Amanda has additional responsibilities in the wider Bradford & District Place and West Yorkshire Integrated Care System as the Senior Responsible Officer for the Act as One Better Births Programme; Chair of the Health & Social Care Careers and Technical Education Programme, working with local educational organisations to promote employment in the health and social care sector and as the Chief Nurse for the West Yorkshire Vascular Service. Amanda is a member of the System Quality Committee.

Committee membership

People Committee, Quality and Safety Committee and Audit & Risk Committee. Member of System Quality Committee for Bradford District and Craven.


External Appointments

SRO Act as One Better Births Programme; Chair Health & Social Care Careers and Technical Education Board; Chief Nurse, West Yorkshire Vascular Service.


Registered General Nurse (1988), ENB 249 Cardio-Thoracic Nursing – Papworth Hospital.  MSc Health Sciences and Clinical Evaluation (University of York).

Amanda Stanford

Background / Profile

Amanda was appointed to the Chief Nurse post in January 2021, prior to that Amanda was the Director for Quality and Patient Safety at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust from June 2019. Prior to joining Airedale Amanda worked for the Care Quality Commission as a Head of Inspection (2014 to 2017) and Deputy Chief Inspector (2017 to 2019) for Hospitals, leading large scale hospital, community and ambulance inspections, developing strategic approach to inspection methodology and leading on developing the approach to Independent Health regulation.

Amanda qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 (Grimsby School of Nursing) and went on to complete further training in Cardio-thoracic nursing at Papworth Hospital (ENB 249). Amanda has fulfilled a range of clinical and leadership nursing roles including Clinical Nurse Specialist in Respiratory Medicine; Matron and Nurse Manager across a range of medical specialities at Scunthorpe General Hospital (1995 to 1997) and Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust (1997 – 2002).

Amanda moved to work in York, joining York NHS Foundation Trust in 2002 and worked in operational management roles in Medicine and General Surgery across York and Scarborough Hospitals. Amanda was actively involved in mentoring for the NHS Graduate Management Scheme and supporting Medical Students with their Quality Improvement Module as part of the Hull York Medical School training.

Amanda has an active interest in developing compassionate leadership, quality improvement and how education and training and creating a just and learning culture.