Professor Jane Cummings will retire as England’s chief nursing officer later this year.
Taking over the role in March 2012, Professor Cummings oversaw national programmes, such as the 6Cs, Compassion in Practice, and Adding Value – the national framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff.
‘It has been an honour and privilege to be the professional lead for over 500,000 nurses and midwives who make an incredible difference to people when they need it most,’ she said.
‘I am very proud to be a nurse and keen to encourage as many people as possible to join what are challenging but ultimately incredibly fulfilling and rewarding professions.’
Earlier this year, Professor Cummings announced a major nursing recruitment campaign to launch this summer as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday.
‘Jane has worked tirelessly to represent and promote nursing as an attractive, dynamic and modern career. At a time when the profession faces significant challenges over recruitment, retention and staffing levels, she has provided both leadership and passion,’ said Janet Davies, chief executive officer of the Royal College of Nursing.
Over the next 6 months, Professor Cummings will aid in the alignment of two nursing teams across NHS England and NHS Improvement.
‘Jane has demonstrated all the qualities required of a great chief nursing officer,’ said Sir Malcolm Grant, NHS England Chair.
‘She brought to the role her own extensive experience as a nurse, then built on it with energy and emotional intelligence to provide real leadership to the nursing and midwifery professions across the NHS in England, while also making major contributions to the business of NHS England. Her achievements will long outlast her six year tenure.’