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NHS CB selects lead nurse

The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed its chief nursing officer (CNO).

Jane Cummings currently works as the Chief Nurse for NHS North of England and was previously the Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive for NHS North West.

It is expected a core role of the CNO will be to drive quality improvements in patient safety and patient experience.

All Board appointments will transfer to the NHS CB once it is established as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body later in 2012.

Chief Executive of the NHS CB, Sir David Nicholson, said Cummings role will be “vital”.

“It is an enormous privilege to become the professional lead for nurses and midwives in England and I am looking forward to working with them to further improve the quality of care and patient experience for the patients we serve,” said Cummings.

“To be a nurse or midwife is an amazing role; supporting patients and their families when they are at their most vulnerable and when clinical expertise, care and compassion matter most.

“I am proud to be a part of the future of nursing in England and look forward to supporting and developing the profession in the future.”

Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Dr Peter Carter, said he looked forward to building on an “excellent relationship” with Cummings and “warmly welcomed” her into her new role.
He also said he is “confident” Cummings will fulfill her role in strengthening the nursing voice at the top of the NHS system. 

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