‘My biggest challenge was not being able to do more’
Outgoing chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings hopes her legacy will be a more ‘balanced’ image of nursing as the NHS looks to the next 70 years
After six years as chief nursing officer for England, Jane Cummings is stepping down. Her tenure coincided with arguably the most difficult period in the history of the NHS: escalating demand clashing with tightly controlled – many would say woefully inadequate – funding and unprecedented scrutiny of services in the wake of the Francis report into the Mid Staffordshire scandal.
Nursing Standard. 33, 4,12-14. doi: 10.7748/ns.33.4.12.s9