Recommendation 206

The role of the Chief Nursing Officer

The effectiveness of the newly positioned office of Chief Nursing Officer should be kept under review to ensure the maintenance of a recognised leading representative of the nursing profession as a whole, able and empowered to give independent professional advice to the Government on nursing issues of equivalent authority to that provided by the Chief Medical Officer.

The Chief Nursing Officer for England provides professional leadership for all nurses, midwives and care staff across the health care system. The Chief Nursing Officer is also the principal advisor to the Government on all nursing and midwifery issues with the exception of public health nursing issues. The effectiveness of the Chief Nursing Officer role will be reviewed on an on-going basis, as will the effectiveness of the Federation of Nurse Leaders, established and chaired by the Chief Nursing Officer.

No further update required. Please see response to the recommendation above