New NI Chief Nursing Officer Appointed

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced the appointment of Maria McIlgorm as Northern Ireland's new Chief Nursing Officer.

Ms McIlgorm will take up the most senior position in nursing in March 2022 having recently worked as a professional advisor within the Scottish Government.

Maria has extensive leadership, management and strategic experience working across a range of acute and community settings within Health and Social care in England and Scotland.
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Welcoming Maria to the post, Minister Swann said: "I am delighted to announce Maria McIlgorm as Northern Ireland’s new Chief Nursing Officer. Maria brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge that will complement the dedication and professionalism of the nurses, midwives and Allied Health professional across the health and care sector."

Ms Maria McIlgorm said: "I am delighted and privileged to be appointed to the Chief Nursing Officer post in Northern Ireland. I was born in Belfast and from a young age have had a close affiliation with here, so this feels like coming home."

Concluding the Minister said: "I look forward to Maria joining the team of professionals at the Department of Health and wish her well for the move. I want to also thank the outgoing interim CNO, Linda Kelly and wish her well for her new post."

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