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RCN welcomes appointment of Ruth May as Chief Nursing Officer

Press Response

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced new senior leadership position for the NHS Executive Group

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, responding to Ruth May's appointment as the Chief Nursing Officer for the new NHS Executive Group, said:

“I’m delighted Ruth May has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer in the new NHS Executive Group.  Ruth brings many years of nursing and leadership experience to the role, and has worked closely with the College during her time as Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement. She will be a powerful and passionate voice for nursing in England within the new NHS group. 

“Nursing staff will be at the heart of all plans to provide care fit for the 21st century and the nurse leadership voice is crucial to the broad health and care policy debate. Ministers need that perspective inside Government as well as in the NHS and the RCN still wishes to see a chief nurse post reinstated at the Department of Health and Social Care."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Further information about the new appointments to the NHS Executive Group can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2018/12/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-announce-new-senior-leadership-posts/

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