Scotland starts the search for a new Chief Nursing Officer

The £93,000 a year role is responsible for all nursing and midwifery matters across Scotland.

Ian Snug
21 February 2020

Scotland’s chief nurse sits on the Health and Social Care Management Board.

Scotland has started the process of recruiting a new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).


Fiona McQueen, the current CNO for Scotland, confirmed on social media earlier today that she was “moving on to a new chapter” and encouraged any interested to apply for the “amazing opportunity”.

Based in Edinburgh, the £93,000 a year role is responsible at a national level for “all matters that relate to the professional leadership of nurses and midwives across Scotland” alongside having accountability for around 65 staff and a budget of £174 million.

The role also has wider responsibilities in relation to healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, the commissioning of undergraduate nursing & midwifery education, and supporting the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer.

Scotland’s CNO also sits on the Health and Social Care Management Board and has direct involvement in discussions on all major policy issues.


Those wishing to apply for the role must be an NMC registrant, ideally have a Masters level qualification, have significant experience in a senior leadership role, and have experience of large scale change.

The extensive interview process includes psychometric testing and meetings with health and social care officials.

Applications remain open until 15 March 2020.

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