Sue Tranka

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales

Sue Tranka is a British nurse, and NHS Trust Manager in the NHS in England, and is now the Chief Nursing Officer - Nurse Director NHS Wales in the Welsh Government.

She has been the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for Patient Safety and Innovation at NHS England and Improvement since January 2020 and has held the Director of Infection prevention and control role leading the national team in their response to supporting guidance development, implementation and remobilisation of NHS services. Protecting staff and patients from nosocomial transmission of Covid has been a key focus of her work since the start of the pandemic.

Sue has 29 years of experience in nursing and has spent the last 22 years working in the National Health Service. Sue trained as a midwife, registered general nurse, mental health and community nurse. Sue’s career spans both operational and clinical leadership roles.

Her passion for patient safety and quality improvement culminated in her establishing and leading a Critical Care Outreach team in a North London hospital. Sue‘s nurse consultant and leadership roles have predominantly focussed in the safety arena. Sue has a strong interest in quality improvement, human factors and safety systems.

In October 2020, Sue was voted as one of HSJ’s 50 most influential BME people in health.