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Professor Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Northern Ireland is the head of the Nursing and Midwifery professions, and is responsible for the professional leadership, performance and development of the Professions in Northern Ireland, including providing support to the Department’s lead Allied Health Professions (AHP) Officer.

The Office of the CNO sets strategic direction for nursing, midwifery and health visiting services, agreeing programmes of action, setting goals and targets and ensuring that progress is monitored and evaluated. This includes chairing the Department’s Central Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee, and the development and oversight of policies for nursing and midwifery in Public Health, for example, the Family Nurse Partnership Programme (FNP), the Northern Ireland Action Plan for Learning Disability Nursing, a Northern Ireland Framework for Patient Experience and the District Nursing Review Framework. In undertaking this role, the post holder works closely with the Directors of Nursing and counterparts in other UK countries. During the time that Charlotte has been in the role of Chief Nurse she has led a number of policy initiatives which underpin professional practice such as: Person Centred Standards for Record Keeping Practice; Policy Imperative – Delivering Care: Nurse Staffing Levels in Northern Ireland. Supporting Q2020, Charlotte played a key role in the development of the Attributes Framework for Leadership in Quality Improvement and Safety. Charlotte also chairs the NI Key Performance Indicator Advisory Board for Nursing and Midwifery. The Office of the Chief Nurse leads on policy for patient experience and nutrition and for developing models of practice for Co-production in line with the Department of Health’s statutory responsibility for Personal and Public Involvement.

Charlotte is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University Faculty of Health Science and became a QNI Fellow in 2020.