The Scottish Government announced today that it has appointed Professor Fiona McQueen as Scotland’s new chief nursing officer.
Professor McQueen said that becoming Scotland’s CNO was a “very proud moment” in her professional career. She has been interim CNO since November 2014 following the departure of previous incumbent Ros Moore.
“First and foremost, I am determined to ensure patients, their families and carers are at the centre of the NHS in Scotland,” she said in a statement on her appointment.
“I am immensely proud of the work of our nurses, midwives and allied health professionals,” she said. “I look forward to working with them, and colleagues, more widely to focus on the needs of all people who rely on the services provided by the NHS in Scotland.”
“This is an excellent appointment for NHS Scotland, for nurses and nursing”
Professor McQueen joined the nursing profession in 1982 and has been an executive nurse director since 1993, firstly in Lanarkshire and since 1999 with NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
She is an honorary professor at the University of West of Scotland and was recently chair of the Scottish Executive Nurse Directors group. She lives in Ayrshire and has three children.
Welcoming the appointment, Scottish health secretary Shona Robison, said: “Fiona’s leadership will ensure our NHS continues to focus on delivering excellent clinical care.”
Theresa Fyffe, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland Director, said she was “delighted” at the appointment of Professor McQueen.
“She brings a wealth of experience to this role and will provide national professional leadership for nurses and nursing in Scotland, as we move towards the integration of health and social care and face up to the many challenges facing our health service today,” she said.
“Since Fiona took up the role of interim CNO in November last year, we have established a very positive working relationship with her and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with her in the months and years ahead,” she added.
Michael Brown, chair of RCN Council and the RCN Scotland Board, said: “I have known Fiona for many years and this is an excellent appointment for NHS Scotland, for nurses and nursing and for patients and their families across the country.”