The Florence Nightingale Foundation has announced that Professor Elizabeth Robb is to step down from her role as chief executive of the nursing education and research charity.
Professor Robb is to leave the role at the end of January 2017 after seven years, said the foundation in a statement.
“Now is a good time for me to hand over the reins to a new post holder to take forward”
It added that she would leave behind an “impressive list of achievements on behalf of nurses and midwives and, above all, the patients in their care”.
It highlighted in particular the successful introduction of programmes in compassionate care and a substantial increase in the number and diversity of the foundation’s leadership scholars.
It also noted the introduction of its annual conference and the establishment of a network of 12 Florence Nightingale chairs in universities and healthcare providers across the UK to raise the profile of clinical nursing practice research.
“All of the above has been accomplished within a broadly expanded range of assistance given to members of the nursing profession designed to equip them to meet the ever increasing complexities of healthcare and to provide the recognition they deserve,” said the foundation.
Professor Robb, who was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in June 2015, said: “After seven years in post and with a settled strategy in place at the foundation, now is a good time for me to hand over the reins to a new post holder to take forward.
“It has been my privilege and pleasure to lead such a prestigious organisation over recent years,” she said.
“I am immensely proud of our achievements in increasing our scholarships and programmes, giving voice to the work of our scholars and our network of high profile Florence Nightingale Foundation chairs who across the UK form a virtual faculty of expert researchers in practice,” said Professor Robb.
“All of this could not have been achieved without the contribution of our generous sponsors and the supportive executive of the foundation for which I am very grateful,” she said.
Foundation chair Bryan Sanderson added: “I have greatly enjoyed working with Liz over the last seven years and admired the energy, determination and commitment she has brought to the post.”