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RCN appoints temporary nursing policy and practice director

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Nurse leadership expert Bronagh Scott has been appointed as interim director of nursing policy and practice at the Royal College of Nursing.

Ms Scott is filling in for Dame Donna Kinnair for six months while she serves as acting chief executive and general secretary, following the departure of Janet Davies.

“She brings a huge range of experience in nursing leadership positions”

Donna Kinnair

Currently executive director of nursing at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales, Ms Scott will take up the temporary position at the RCN on 3 December.

The new appointment comes during a time of instability among the college leadership amid the fall out over its mishandling of the NHS pay deal campaign this summer.

The controversy led to the resignations of Ms Davies and director of member relations, Chris Cox. An election process is also underway for a new council because members voted for the current representatives to stand down.

In addition, the college’s chief negotiator, Josie Irwin, who was criticised in an independent review into the way the RCN managed the campaign, announced last month that she will be leaving after 26 years at the college to join Unison, as reported by Nursing Times. It has not been confirmed if her departure is connected with the pay deal fallout.

Ms Scott qualified as a nurse in Northern Ireland and specialised in intensive care nursing in Belfast and Perth, Western Australia.

She has held senior management and executive director posts in health and social services in Northern Ireland and London.

Ms Scott’s most recent role was deputy chief nurse for NHS England in the London region.

The experienced nurse has led on various national leadership programmes of work including the design of a web-based tool called the Culture of Care Barometer, and a project supporting senior nurses from black and minority ethnic backgrounds aspiring to director posts.

Ms Scott held the position of nurse adviser on the international expert panel tasked with leading an informed debate on the best configuration of health and social care services in Northern Ireland.

She is a trustee for United Response, a national charity for people with learning difficulties.‎

Commenting on the appointment, Dame Donna said: “We are delighted that Bronagh is joining the college on an interim basis.

“She brings a huge range of experience in nursing leadership positions, and we all look forward to welcoming her to the RCN.”

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