Congratulations to Professor Dame Sally Davies who has been appointed as the new Chief Medical Officer. The first woman to hold this role (see gallery of her male forebears) she will also retain her role as DG of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health. She is uniquely placed to take on this role for a health service that needs to up its game on the adoption of innovation and re-establishing itself internationally as a place in which research is valued and encouraged.
This is no mean challenge amidst the NHS Reforms – except that of course looking for and engaging patients in research should be high on the priority list for acutes and adopting innovation in commissioning e.g. Telehealth, will be vital to pathway redesign, improving quality and releasing efficiencies. We wish her every success in her role and know that she has the opportunity to be a real power for good.