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Royal College of Nursing Foundation appoints Professor Jane Cummings its new chair

Royal College of Nursing Foundation appoints Professor Jane Cummings its new chair
By Rachel Carter
25 April 2019

Professor Jane Cummings has been appointed chair of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation, it has been announced.

Prof Cummings was most recently the chief nursing officer for England, a position she held for almost seven years, before retiring at the beginning of 2019.

She will take up the role at the foundation, which is part of the RCN, from 1 May.

After working as a nurse for nearly forty years, Prof Cummings moved into senior nursing leadership roles for the Department of Health and strategic health authorities, before joining NHS England.

She is also a trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical ambassador and volunteer for children’s charity Over The Wall.

The RCN Foundation is a charity and provides advice and financial assistance to the nursing community. This includes grants for nursing-led research and projects.

Prof Cummings said she was ‘delighted’ to have been appointed and was looking forward to continuing championing nursing, midwifery and healthcare in her role.

She added: ‘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.’

Her appointment follows the end of Robert Sowney’s term as inaugural chair.

Prof Cummings was earlier this year awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List, for services to nursing and the NHS.

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