Professor Dame Sally Davies to step down as Chief Medical Officer

It has been announced that, having served nine years as Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE FRS FMedSci will take on a new role as Master of Trinity College Cambridge in October 2019.

Dame Sally has enjoyed a high profile career, becoming the first female CMO after thirty years as a consultant haematologist and Director General of Research and Development for the NHS. Recently she has led UK efforts in anti-microbial resistance and against the ebola virus.

Professor Dame Sally Davies said:

“I want to pay tribute to the outstanding clinicians, scientists and public servants who have supported me in this role – men and women who are working tirelessly to improve the health of the nation.

“It has been an honour to be the first female Chief Medical Officer. I have enjoyed it from the start, and I will continue to do so right up until I finish. I am delighted to be appointed as Master of Trinity College following a distinguished list of predecessors and as the first woman.

“I can assure everyone that I will continue contributing to the global fight against AMR from my new role.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“Sally Davies has been a dedicated public servant and a driving force for improving the health of the nation. She has led the fight against antibiotic resistance and public health risks, and has pioneered world-leading action across a whole range of areas. She’s been not just England’s CMO but led thinking around the world. Sally has been an inspiration to us all and I’m sure has a huge amount still to contribute in the future.”

Sir Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health and Social Care, said:

“Dame Sally is a true global leader on health. Whether advising on anti-microbial resistance, Ebola, pandemic flu, the Novichok poisonings, or how to keep our nation healthy, she has consistently and expertly demonstrated her world-renowned intelligence, experience, and commitment to the cause.

“I am delighted that Dame Sally will now be taking up such a prestigious position and I cannot thank her enough for the outstanding contribution she has made during her tenure as Chief Medical Officer.”

Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill said:

“Sally Davies has made an exceptional contribution to public service as the first female Chief Medical Officer guiding us through many public health challenges. Her historic contribution to tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance will earn her the gratitude of people across the world for generations to come. I wish her well in her new role at Trinity College. They are lucky to have her.”

Read the full press release here.

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Published 8. February 2019 in News, News UK