Chief Nursing Officer to stand down

Health Secretary thanks Amanda Croft for work during pandemic.

Professor Amanda Croft, Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, is standing down from her role for personal reasons.

Cover will be provided by the Deputy Chief Nursing officers team until 4 October when Professor Alex McMahon, currently Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals for NHS Lothian, will take over on an interim basis.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

“I would like to thank Amanda for all her hard work as Chief Nursing Officer and I am very sorry to see her leave. Since taking up the role she has played a key part in our response to the pandemic, and has brought enormous knowledge and experience to the role. I wish her all the best for the future.

“I also welcome Alex McMahon to the role of Interim Chief Nursing Officer. With his strong professional background I am confident he will bring excellent leadership, and help us to continue our work to get the health service back on track after the challenges of the past year.”


 Professor Croft was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer in December 2020.

Professor McMahon was the Director of Strategic Planning, Performance and Information for NHS Lothian and was Chair of the Scottish Executive Nurse Directors group for four year, working closely with the previous Chief Nursing Officer to shape policy and professional practice.

He qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1986, and as a registered general nurse in 1989, and has worked in the private sector, NHS and Scottish Government. He holds honorary professorships with the University of Stirling and Queen Margaret University. 

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