Chief Nursing Officer

Christine Beasley, Chief Nursing Officer

Dame Christine Beasley CBE is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and also Director General with responsibility for the allied health professions.

The Chief Nursing Officer:

  • provides expert advice on nursing, midwifery and health visiting to Government and helps to develop, implement and evaluate Government health policy, leading on nursing, midwifery and health visiting policy and strategy in support of the Government’s objectives
  • provides professional leadership to the nursing, midwifery and health visiting professions in England, working closely with the professional statutory bodies, professional and staff associations, NHS managers and the voluntary and independent sectors
  • ensures an effective UK contribution to nursing and health policy in international forums, including the World Health Organization, the Commonwealth and Europe
  • contributes to the Department’s central task of managing the NHS

About Dame Christine Beasley: Christine Beasley was appointed Chief Nursing Officer in October 2004 and is the Director General within the Department of Health for Professional Leadership (including Allied Health Professions) and for the Health Visitors’ Programme.

Since April 2011 Christine has partially retired and now works part-time.  Prior to that she was also responsible for Children, Families and Maternity and was the lead Director General responsible for the Reducing Health Associated Infections and Cleaner Hospitals Programme, which oversaw a reduction of over 80% in MRSA infection rates across the NHS.

She was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Nursing by Thames Valley University (now University of West London) in 1997 and is the Pro Chancellor at the University. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam, Keele, Plymouth, and City University, London. She is also a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Christine was awarded a CBE in 2002 and a DBE in June 2008.

She is married with three sons, two stepsons and four grandchildren.

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