Claire Woodford


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Claire has 35 years’ experience in the NHS, starting as a general nurse and then training as a paediatric nurse in the early 1990’s at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she worked on a neurology and metabolic ward before taking up a matron’s post for medical specialties. She is currently Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, a role that she moved into in August 2021 after 5 years as a Divisional Director of a Women and Children’s service. Claire maintains her paediatric nursing registration and stays close to children’s services both in hospital and community settings, most recently leading on integration between health and local authority child and family services in the local area which has been rated as Outstanding by the CQC. In her current role she sits on the Greater Manchester Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board and has a keen interest in reducing inequality and ensuring co-production is promoted with families, children and young people.