New regional chief nurses appointed to support frontline NHS staff

We and NHS England have come together to appoint the first two joint regional chief nurses.

Sue Doheny has been appointed for the South and Professor Oliver Shanley, OBE has been appointed for London.

In their joint roles, they will provide professional leadership to all members of the nursing and midwifery professions in their region, bringing greater clarity for front line staff. 

They will also provide clear joint leadership and greater collaboration across NHS Improvement and NHS England to ensure delivery of strategic aims and ultimately better care for patients.  

These joint appointments will strengthen our ability to provide great nursing leadership across London and the South.  It will build on the support we provide to the nursing community and to the wider NHS on the important role that nursing care plays in the health service. I look forward to working with Sue and Oliver.

Dr Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing for NHS Improvement

Sue has been a Board level director in the NHS for over nine years. Her clinical director roles have been in provider and commissioning organisations across different health and social care economies.

Oliver has most recently been Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Quality and Safety (Chief Nurse) at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, where he has been in post for seven years. 

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