Message from Dr. Siobhan O’ Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer
The establishment of the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), as a Division on the Department of Health, is a great opportunity to shape nursing and midwifery policy around the needs of the health service. In January 2016 I was pleased to publish the first three-year Strategy for the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer.
The Strategy provided the necessary direction for the Office in supporting the nursing and midwifery professions and maximising their contribution to health policy. Most importantly, the Strategy’s ultimate aim is to help ensure that health service users receive the best possible care. I am confident that by implementing this Strategy, the Office of the CNO will realise its vision of a future where the contribution of nurses and midwives to the achievement of national public health goals is optimised. My office works in partnership with our civil service colleagues and together we develop policy. With this model, we clearly have the best of both worlds. The strategy sets out a very ambitious programme of work these initiatives have the potential to maximise the potential of community nurses and midwives in practice.
I look forward to working with all of our partners and stakeholders to make this vision a reality.
Biography of Dr Siobhan O Halloran