Ros Moore, the chief nursing officer for Scotland, will step down from her role at the end of the year, the Scottish Government has announced today.
Ms Moore has been in the role since 2009. She is credited with leading work on preventing healthcare associated infections, which has seen a drop of 84.8% of C. difficile in patients over 65 since 2007, and establishing a review of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland, which resulted in the Setting the Direction strategy.
“I have really enjoyed the role, but the time is right for me to move on”
Announcing her decision to step down, Ms Moore said it had been a “privilege” to be Scotland’s CNO and lead the “remarkable people” in the nursing and midwifery workforce across Scotland.
“I thank each and every one of them for their commitment and professionalism in delivering safe, effective and person centred care,” she said.
“Having begun my career specialising in caring for older people, I have taken especial pride in leading improvements to the care of people with dementia and their families in hospitals,” she said.
Ms Moore added: “Taking the decision to step down was a hard one, as I have really enjoyed the role, but the time is right for me to move on and for a new CNO to be in place to take forward the profession over the coming years.”
Paul Gray, chief executive of NHSScotland and the Scottish Government’s director general for health and social care, thanked Ms Moore for the “significant contribution” she had made to the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions in Scotland over the last four years.
Theresa Fyffe, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, said Ms Moore had been “a real advocate for nursing in Scotland”.
“She has confidently led on her own agenda, fronting important work on nursing pre-registration education and professionalism in nursing that will continue to shape nursing in Scotland for the foreseeable future,” she said.
“Ros was able to make a genuine connection with nurses on the frontline”
Fiona McQueen, chair of Scottish Executive Nurse Directors, praised Ms Moore’s efforts to understand the everyday challenges faced by nurses.
“Ros was able to make a genuine connection with nurses on the frontline,” she said. “She wanted to understand what the problems are to help make sure that policy really did have a practical application.”
The CNO post will be filled through an open recruitment competition. Further details will be available in due course.