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Former CNO Jane Cummings announced chair of nursing charity

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England’s former chief nursing officer Jane Cummings has been announced as the new chair of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

Professor Cummings will take up the position from 1 May, following the end of Robert Sowney’s term as the inaugural chair of the RCN charity. 

“The charity has already achieved so much for nursing”

Professor Jane Cummings

The RCN Foundation is a charity and grant maker that provides support to members of the nursing community to help improve public health and wellbeing.

On her appointment, Professor Cummings said she was looking forward to “continuing to champion” the vital roles in nursing, midwifery and healthcare as part of her new role.

She said she also looked forward to working with the charity to help it “develop and expand even further” over the coming years.

Professor Cummings served as England’s CNO for nearly seven years before stepping down at the beginning of 2019. She was succeeded by current CNO Ruth May. 

Having been a nurse for nearly 40 years, Professor Cummings has also previously been a senior nursing leader at the Department of Health and Strategic Health Authorities.

Professor Cummings is a trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical ambassador and clinical volunteer for the Over The Wall charity.

Speaking on her appointment, Professor Cummings said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new chair of the RCN Foundation.

“I am passionate about nursing, midwifery and health care, and I am looking forward to continuing to champion these vital roles and professions in my new role,” she added.

The RCN charity helps to support its members by giving advice and financial assistance and also provides educational and research grants.

“The RCN Foundation is a fantastic charity whose values very much align with my own,” said Professor Cummings. “The charity has already achieved so much for nursing and patient care and I look forward to helping it develop and expand even further in the coming years.”

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