Chief Nursing Officer

Alex McMahon



Chief Nursing Officer
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road


Alex McMahon was appointed Chief Nursing Officer in January 2022.


Oversees the Chief Nursing Directorate in achieving the best health and care outcomes for people by working on patient, public and health professions policy, and support ministers and the NHS in delivering a safe, effective and person-centred health and social care system.


He was previously Executive Director for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals in NHS Lothian. As Chief Nursing Officer, Alex has professional responsibility for two thirds of the NHS Scotland workforce, as his role has responsibility for nursing, midwifery, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists.

Alex also leads on a number of key policy areas, including infection prevention control. He has worked across the NHS, private sector, government and the Royal College of Nursing in previous posts and holds two honorary professorships with the University of Stirling and Queen Margaret University.

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