Former Scotland chief nursing officer awarded honorary doctorate

Ros Moore acknowledged by Leeds Beckett University for her contribution to the profession

Ros Moore, the former chief nursing officer for Scotland (pictured), has received an honorary doctorate from Leeds Beckett University.

Ros Moore, former Chief Nursing Officer of Scotland

A nursing professional with over 30 years of experience, Ros, who has provided national policy and organisational advice on nursing, midwifery and public health matters, was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of the university on July 20 for her contribution to the professions.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Moore said: 'It feels fantastic to be here at Leeds Beckett University, remembering that I graduated here myself 26 years ago. It has brought back lots of memories.

'I'm very proud to be a nurse and to be in the NHS. I believe in the NHS and everything that it stands for, and I’m proud to have helped to shape health care in this country.

'To all the graduating students about to embark in a career in health care, I would tell them that it is a fantastic career and a place where you can make a real difference.

'You are with people at the best and worst times of their lives and that is a great privilege. Never, ever stop learning because health care changes almost daily, and the only way you can keep up with it is to keep learning while staying grounded.'

Ms Moore qualified as a nurse in 1981, before becoming a nurse teacher in the Leeds hospitals. Following posts in clinical practice and in nurse education, she became a professional development manager and then assistant director in an acute trust. Ms Moore then joined NHS Direct as lead nurse, helping to establish the service nationally.

She became director of nursing for NHS Connecting for Health in 2009, which saw her working closely with the Department of Health, health authorities and professional organisations in England, Scotland and Wales to provide executive-level leadership on nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals (AHP) issues, inside and outside the organisation.

Ms Moore took up the post of chief nursing officer for Scotland in January 2010. She is credited with leading work on preventing healthcare-associated infections, and has overseen a reduction of 84.8% of clostridium difficile in patients over the age of 65 since 2007. Ms Moore was also responsible for establishing a review of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland, which resulted in an ambitious vision for health and social care by 2020.

Leeds Beckett University vice chancellor, professor Susan Price, said: 'Ros has made such an important contribution to the profession of nursing over the last 30 years, with many notable achievements throughout her career that have made a significant difference to the quality of healthcare in Scotland and beyond, and we are delighted to recognise Ros’s contribution to the professions with this Honorary Doctorate.'

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