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Government appoints NHS hospital director to deputy CNO role

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The government has named David Foster, former director of nursing at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, the new deputy CNO for England

Mr Foster succeeds Janice Sigsworth, who held the post for over two years, and recently became director of nursing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

The new deputy CNO will take up the post on 1 December, with a remit to work on modernising nursing careers and improving the quality of nursing and midwifery – in line with government policies outlined in the NHS Next Stage Review.

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Mr Foster has been part of the chief nursing officer’s team since April 2008, after stepping down as director of non-medical postgraduate development at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He trained at Middlesex Hospital in London before specialising in intensive care nursing and midwifery.

‘I am looking forward to taking up my new role and the challenges that this will bring,’ said Mr Foster. ‘There are tremendous opportunities to drive up the quality of nursing and midwifery.’

See also: CNO honoured with academic award

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