Office of the Chief Nurse (CNO’s)

The CNO’s Office plays an important strategic and leadership role and provides professional policy direction and evidence based advice in relation to nursing and midwifery.  The Office is built on a partnership model with clinicians and civil servants working together to develop policy.  The CNO is supported by specialist nursing and midwifery expertise from three Deputy CNOs.

The three general areas for which the Deputy CNOs currently have respective responsibility are;

  1. Deputy Chief Nursing Officer with responsibility for Women’s Health, Child Health and Welfare and Primary Care Services – Dr Susan Kent
  2. Deputy Chief Nursing Officer with responsibility for Nursing and Midwifery Policy, Education and Legislation – Dr Anne Marie Ryan
  3. Deputy Chief Nursing Officer with responsibility for Clinical Governance and Practice – Dr Philippa Ryan Withero

There is also a significant and close cross-border and international dimension to the work of the CNO.  Close working relationships have been developed with the CNOs across the UK, Europe and globally on issues of mutual interest.

The Office also leads for the Department on the following committees/groups:

  • Implementation of Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (Department of Children & Youth Affairs)
  • Report of Ms Emily Logan – Garda Síochána Act 2005 (Section 42) (Special Inquiries relating to Garda Síochána) Order 2013 (Department of Justice and Equality)
  • Developing a National Plan for the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)


You can find out more about relevant issues and initiatives from the Office through our quarterly newsletters:

Quarter 1 2017