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Adverts go out for new chief nursing officer post

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The Department of Health has begun advertising for a chief nursing officer to sit on the NHS Commissioning Board, the new body set to take over the day to day running of the health service.

The post is one of two new senior nursing roles created under the government’s NHS reforms, which will replace the current CNO for England.

The other new post is the director of nursing in the DH, who will act as the government’s principal advisor on public health nursing. The DH announced last week that Viv Bennett, formerly a deputy CNO, had been appointed to this post.

According to the advert for the NHS Commissioning Board’s chief nursing officer, the holder of the post will receive a salary of £165,000, though it said “more may be available for an exceptional candidate”.

The advert said the successful candidate “will provide full clinical leadership to the nursing and midwifery professions in the NHS”, as well as developing and promoting the board’s “approach to patient safety and patient experience”.

It added: “This is a unique opportunity to take a leading role in helping to design, develop and deliver the NHS of the future.”

The closing date for applicants is 30 January.

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