Rosemary Cook is to the Queen’s Nursing Institute to become chief executive of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
Ms Cook, who has been director of the QNI since 2005, will leave the institute in July.
Anne Pearson will be the acting director of the QNI until a new director is appointed following a recruitment process over the summer.
Ms Cook said: “I have had a wonderful time at the QNI and learned an enormous amount about running a charity and trying to influence change that will improve care for patients.
“I will be taking all this learning to my new post. I have always been interested in the role of technology and science in healthcare, so this is a new challenge and opportunity that is just too exciting to miss.”
As director of the QNI, Ms Cook oversaw the expansion of its innovation projects programme, the re-branding of the QNI and two projects to improve care for the homeless.
Other innovations during her time at the QNI include the re-introduction of the title of “Queen’s Nurse” and a public campaign to support community nursing.
She said: “We couldn’t have achieved any of these things without the hard work and dedication of the whole of the excellent QNI team. The charity awards the QNI has won in recent years are a tribute to them.”
Ros Lowe, chair of trustees of the QNI, said: “Rosemary has achieved tremendous things for the QNI; it has been a pleasure working with her so we will miss her terribly. We all wish her well in her exciting new job, secure in the knowledge that she leaves the QNI in an excellent position to face the future.”
Speaking about the recruitment of a new director, Ms Lowe added: “Community nurses face tough challenges as they strive to meet the needs of patients, families and communities. The QNI already provides excellent support and will seek a new director who can build on this legacy and shape its future.”