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NHS nursing leadership boosted

Nursing leadership across the NHS is to be enhanced as part of NHS modernisation plans, health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced.

The Chief Nursing Officer role will sit on the NHS Commissioning Board and there will also be a Director of Nursing in the Department of Health, with a greater public health focus.

Details of the senior structures for the Department and the Commissioning Board will be published in the spring and, following a recruitment exercise over the summer, it is planned that both individuals will be in post by October. The Chief Nursing Officer, Dame Christine Beasley, has agreed to remain in post on a part-time basis until October 2011 to oversee the transition. She will continue to be supported during this period by the two current Deputy Chief Nursing Officers and Strategic Health Authority nursing directors.