Ruth May enjoyed national appointments with NHS Improvement and Monitor as well as regional and Trust leadership roles before becoming the CNO for England in January 2019.
As Regional Chief Nurse for the Midlands and East, she championed the ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign; nearly halving the number of pressure ulcers in the region, improving care for patients, and delivering cost savings to the NHS.
Ruth is passionate about nurturing the next generation of NHS nursing, midwifery and AHP leaders, encouraging professional development opportunities and putting in place the optimal cultural conditions for all NHS employees to thrive. This includes advocating for improved mental health awareness, championing volunteer activity to support the frontline workforce and she is a vocal supporter of the WRES agenda and increased diversity across the NHS.
Ruth became a QNI Fellow in 2020.