NHS England’s director of nursing quality improvement and care Juliet Beal has been appointed as interim national nursing advisor for hospitals at the Care Quality Commission.
She joined the regulator this month and will stay for six months while on secondment from NHS England.
The position at the CQC has been newly created and will report to Mike Richards, CQC chief inspector of hospitals.
A spokesman for the regulator said the national nursing advisor role would provide advice and leadership as the CQC continues to roll out its new approach to inspection.
Participating in a number of hospital inspections and advising on other areas including maternity will be among Professor Beal’s duties, he added.
Professor Beal was appointed to her role at NHS England in October 2012. Prior to that, she had ten years’ experience of being executive director of nursing in several acute trusts. She is qualified as a both a general nurse and midwife.
During her secondment, she will be replaced by Hilary Garratt, NHS England’s director of nurse commissioning and health improvement.
Professor Beal’s move follows the departure of two other members of NHS England’s chief nursing officer for England’s senior management team since the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile, Gill Harris took up her new role as chief nurse at Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust at the beginning of this month, after leaving NHS England where she was regional chief nurse for the North of England.