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Liz Redfern appointed deputy CNO


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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Readers' comments (6)

  • Well! Welcome to the trough, eat your fill, do as you are told, and everything will be hunky-dory.

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  • Why do 'We' need a deputy?

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  • Does she make the tea for the one who makes the coffee?

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  • tinkerbell

    Liz congratulations on your new post. Apologies for the above comments but you see as nurses we are a bit world weary of it all. We've had to wait and wait for the tea and biscuits down on the coal face, sometimes we can't even get a cuppa tea or coffee as we drag our sorry asses around fire fighting due to lack of staff, then there's the bullying and harrassment to deal with for raising concerns, being dismissed when we raise concerns and seeing staffing numbers cut to the bone and then being told we are lucky to have a job.

    It is NT that have raised the Speak Out Safely campaign and these are the kind of things we would like our CNO's to be doing on our behalf, so that we feel we are being led by people at the top who actually know what it is we are up against down in the jam butty mines. But anyway sure you and Jane are doing a fine job of LBDN (look busy doing nothing) and thinking up new words for us to use in scrabble and having 'visions' rather than fighting on our behalf to give us the tools to do the job.

    If you and Jane can have a chat with each other, diarise, and get back to us on any further strategy that you have in mind about finding a way forward other than playing about with the letter' C' we are all ears.

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  • The congratulations is a little delayed but none the less comes with deep sincerity and truth. I have always found Liz a really great professional and a truly caring person. I have no doubt that Liz will respond positively to this role and absolutely embrace both the opportunities and challenges in the years ahead.

    These are my honest thoughts,


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  • Congratulations to Liz Redfern.

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