Leading nurse academic Tony Butterworth has been appointed chair of the Foundation of Nursing Studies.
Professor Butterworth is director of the Centre for Clinical and Academic Workforce Innovation at the University of Lincoln. He replaces Nursing and Midwifery Council chief executive and registrar Dickon Weir-Hughes in the FoNS post.
Professor Weir-Hughes has been a trustee of the foundation for almost six years. As chair he has had an “important role in strengthening the work and profile of FoNS and his commitment will be greatly missed”, the foundation said in a statement.
Foundation chief executive Theresa Shaw said: “I am most appreciative of the support Professor Weir-Hughes has given to me and FoNS during his time as both trustee and chairman.
“As we look to the future, we all very much looking forward to working with Professor Butterworth,” she said.
“With the launch of our new strategy earlier this year, he joins us at an important time and I am sure he will have much to contribute to enabling FoNS to support nurses with their continued efforts for high quality nursing and patient care”.
Professor Weir-Hughes said he was “delighted to hand over to Professor Butterworth and confident about the future of FoNS in his hands”.
Speaking on his appointment, Professor Butterworth said: “I am both honoured and delighted to take up chairmanship of FoNS.
“The foundation has made a major contribution to innovative practice development by nurses in the work it has funded to date, and I very much look forward to working with colleagues at FoNS as they develop their next phase of this important work.”
Professor Butterworth is a registered general and mental health nurse with extensive executive experience in the NHS and higher education.
He is also a non executive director at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and a senior policy advisor to NHS Employers.