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The RCN Foundation appoints new chair

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Professor Jane Cummings has been appointed the chair of the RCN Foundation.

She will take up the position from 1 May 2019. Professor Cummings’ appointment follows the end of Robert Sowney’s term as the inaugural Chair of the charity.

Professor Cummings has worked as a nurse for over 40 years, an has been a senior nursing leader having worked in the Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities and for NHS England. She was most recently the Chief Nursing Officer for England, a role she held for nearly seven years before retiring at the beginning of 2019. Professor Cummings is also a trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical ambassador and clinical volunteer for the Over The Wall charity.

‘I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of the RCN Foundation. I am passionate about nursing, midwifery and health care, and I am looking forward to continuing to champion these vital roles and professions in my new role,’ said Professor Cummings.

‘The RCN Foundation is a fantastic charity whose values very much align with my own. The charity has already achieved so much for nursing and patient care and I look forward to helping it develop and expand even further in the coming years.’

The RCN Foundation is a charity and grant-maker that is committed to supporting and strengthening nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the public.

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