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CNO to step down next year

18th November 2010

The chief nursing officer for England, Dame Christine Beasley, is to retire in March.

However, with the Department of Health stating that an interim replacement rather than permanent appointment will be announced in due course, there are concerns that the position could be removed or diminished.

Dame Christine, who made the announcement at her chief nursing officer’s summit in London, has been in the position since 2004 and overseen the role of nurses in the fight against healthcare associated infections such as MRSA and clostridium difficile and the change in nursing careers, particularly the move to a graduate only profession.

Dame Christine said: “I am honoured to have been chief nursing officer for England for the last six years.

“During that time I have met thousands of nurses and midwives and seen at first hand their dedication, passion, and innovative approaches to improving the care of patients and support to communities. I know the positive impact they make on a daily basis to the people who use our services.

“Whilst I know the future will provide some tough challenges, I believe that nurses and midwives are well placed to seize the opportunities.”

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said Dame Christine maintained a “high visibility across the NHS, undertaking hundreds of visits to frontline services and speaking engagements, meeting patients and staff and always promoting the importance of the patient experience.”

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson described Dame Christine as a “great colleague” and Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter also paid tribute to her.

 

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