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Nurses make it into list of top 10 NHS clinical leaders


Three nurses have made it into a list of the top 10 most influential clinical leaders in England.

A further 13 members of the nursing or midwifery profession appear in the full list of 100, which was compiled by Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal and revealed last week.

Top of the list was NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh. Jane Cummings, the chief nursing officer at NHS England, was the highest placed nurse at number four.

Dame Julie Moore, former nurse and chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust, was number seven in the list. In April 2011 she was asked by the government to be a member of the NHS Future Forum to lead on developing proposals for education and training reform.

At number 10 was Professor Tricia Hart, a former nurse, midwife, health visitor who was appointed chief executive of South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust in January. She was one of four expert assessors appointed by Robert Francis QC to provide advice during the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.

Along with nursing union leaders, other high profile nurses in the list include Sally Brearley, chair of Nursing and Care Quality Forum, cross-bench peer Baroness Audrey Emerton and Professor June Andrews, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

Also included are three influential nursing directors – Kath Fenton, chief nurse at University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust, Professor Eileen Sills, chief nurse and director of infection control and prevention at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, and Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse and chief operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Damn! I was number 101!

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  • Judging by who is at the top you could be forgiven for thinking it is worst first. Be proud of being 101!!

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  • "Jane Cummings, the chief nursing officer at NHS England, was the highest placed nurse at number four".

    Who on earth made up this list? it seems like some sick joke for Jane Cummings to top any list apart, from being best government poodle.

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  • Well done Prof Hiliary Chapman, should have been nos 1, one of the most inspirational nurses I have ever worked for and with. One of the many reasons Sheffield teaching hospitals is a success, I miss it so much

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  • With that Cummings woman no 4 in the list, doesn't say much for the rest of us does it?

    We'll be hearing next she's in the honours list for dreaming up the ridiculous 6 'c's.

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  • Jane Cummings does not represent nurses, she was not elected to her post by nurses. Her appointment was made by goverment who no doubt hand picked a poodle who would do their bidding. When they say "jump", no doubt Janes answer is "how high". She does not influence nurses in any way, except maybe a few like minded chronies at the top. Her 6 C's are widely regarded as being a complete joke.

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  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 16-Jun-2013 11:29 am

    Thanks for the positive post - adds a bit of balance, to grumps like me.

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