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NHS England deputy chief nurse to take up HEE role

Professor Mark Radford, currently deputy chief nursing officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement, will be joining Health Education England (HEE) on secondment as chief nurse as of 1 October this year.

HEE’s chief nurse, Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, is to take up a six-month secondment as Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Coventry.

‘I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity to join the leadership team at such a forward-thinking and innovative university,’ Lisa Bayliss-Pratt said. ‘And it’s a particular pleasure that I will be returning to the university where I studied for my first nursing degree. I very much see this role as an opportunity to build on the multi-professional education and training agenda that I’ve been proud to lead at HEE, including dementia training standards, apprenticeship routes and the new Nursing Associate role.’

Professor Radford has played a prominent role in the development of the interim NHS People Plan and ongoing work to develop the full People Plan, working across NHS England and HEE, so is well placed to lead HEE’s contribution to tackling the workforce challenge over the coming months, an HEE release states.

England’s chief nursing officer (CNO), Ruth May, added, ‘Mark is currently the national workforce lead for nursing. He has been the driving force behind the national retention programme which continues to deliver improvements across England. But this is just a taste of the impact I believe he can make to workforce from this new role. We still have a great deal to do to reach ambitions laid out in the Long Term Plan and the Interim People Plan and I can’t think of a safer pair of hands to deliver this work for HEE’.

Professor Radford will also remain deputy chief nursing officer to ensure that the links and delivery across England are optimised.

Professor Bayliss-Pratt will continue with her role as Programme Lead for global Nursing Now campaign, working two days a week on the strategic goal of improving health globally by developing nurse leaders and equipping them to play a more influential role in health systems.

Professor Bayliss-Pratt has been chief nurse at HEE since 2012 and during that time pioneered and introduced the role of Nursing Associate, the first new nurse role in England for a generation, alongside a transformation programme for nurse education.

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