Health secretary John Reid has announced the appointment of Christine Beasley as England's new chief nursing officer.
For those of you who are not familiar with Christine Beasley she has held a wide range of nursing roles in hospitals and the community. Her most recent roles were as the NHS modernisation agency's Director of Partnership Development and then interim head of the agency.
On accepting the appointment Christine Beasley said that she was delighted to take up the post and was "looking forward to the challenge of ensuring all staff put hospital cleanliness and infection control at the top of the agenda".
The RCM welcomed this announcement, and said we are looking forward to working with the new chief nursing officer on a number of issues, including the extension of midwifery led care and further action to address the recruitment and retention of midwifes.