A former strategic health authority chief nurse has been appointed as deputy to the chief nursing officer Jane Cummings.
Liz Redfern has been given the post of deputy CNO in the nursing directorate at NHS England.
She was previously director of nursing at NHS South West and then NHS South of England.
Following the reforms of the Health and Social Care Act, Ms Redfern was appointed chief nurse for the south region of NHS England and will continue in this role alongside deputising for the chief nursing officer.
In 2009 she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to healthcare and is responsible for leading the patient experience work stream of the chief nursing officer’s Compassion in Practice strategy.
Ms Redfern joined the NHS in 1970 as a cadet nurse and then qualified in general and paediatric nursing in 1974. She has worked in neurosurgery and neurology before moving into education and then management.
A spokeswoman for NHS England said: “As an extension of her role as director of nursing NHS England (South), Liz will provide senior nursing advice to the NHS England board and national team members.
“She will also provide a coordinating and link role between the regional chief nurses and the national support centre team,” she added.
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