Ruth May has been confirmed as executive director of nursing at the new regulatory body NHS Improvement.
Dr May has also been appointed as one of two new deputy chief nursing officers for England – along with Hilary Garratt, currently the director of nursing for NHS England.
“Clinical expertise will be at the heart of our work”
The new regulator NHS Improvement, which is currently being set up from two existing regulatory bodies plus several departments from other government arm’s length bodies, has today announced a number of senior appointments.
Dr May is currently nursing director at Monitor, one of the two regulators that are being merged to form NHS Improvement. The other regulator in the merger is the NHS Trust Development Authority. Its director of nursing is Peter Blythin.
NHS Improvement will formally come into being on 1 April 2016. It will be responsible for overseeing foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers.
In a statement announcing a number of senior appointments at NHS Improvement, its chief executive Jim Mackey said: “Clinical expertise will be at the heart of our work.
“We’ll also be establishing networks of clinical leaders across the service to work alongside our medical and nursing directors,” he added.
Dr May has been at Monitor since July 2015. She was previously an influential member of NHS England’s national nursing leadership team, holding the post of regional chief nurse and nurse director for the Midlands and East region for around two years.
While at NHS England, she led work on the key action area of staffing and skill mix for the Compassion in Practice national nursing strategy.
Prior to her appointment at NHS England in October 2012, she held a similar regional role as nurse director for the now defunct NHS Midlands and East strategic health authority. She was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum.
Welcoming the appointment of Dr May, chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings said: “Ruth has already made a valuable contribution to nursing in this country and I welcome her to the new role of director of nursing for NHS Improvement.
“I am also delighted to announce that Ruth and Hilary Garratt, the director of nursing for NHS England, have been appointed deputy CNOs for England,” said Ms Cummings.
“These new appointments will help strengthen our national leadership for nursing and I look forward to working closely together in the future,” she added.
NHS Improvement’s executive team:
- Jim Mackey, chief executive
- Bob Alexander, executive director of resources/deputy chief executive
- Stephen Hay, executive director of regulation/deputy chief executive
- Kathy McLean, executive medical director
- Ruth May, executive director of nursing
- Adam Sewell-Jones, executive director of improvement
- Lyn Simpson, regional director
- Dale Bywater, regional director
- Adrian Masters, executive director of strategy
- Helen Buckingham, executive director of corporate affairs