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Beasley began training in 1962 at the Royal London Hospital and worked as a staff nurse. In the 1980s/early 90s she took on senior roles at the Ealing and Riverside Health Authorities, before moving into wider regional nurse director posts at North Thames Regional Health Authority.
She has held a range of senior posts with a broad experience of policy development, leadership and general management including Head of Development with the Directorate of Health and Social Care and Director of Nursing, Human Resources & Organisational Development with the NHS Executive. She established the London Standing Conference, engaging nurses across the capital in leading service improvement and contributing to improvements in clinical practice across the country.
Beasley was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer for England in October 2004 and is the Director within the Department of Health with the lead for Patient and Public involvement, the Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists. She is also the lead director for the voluntary and community sector.
Dame Christine Beasley was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Health from Plymouth University in 2010.
- Honorary Professorship in Nursing, Thames Valley University in 1997
- Governor, Thames Valley University
- Fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute
- Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
She is the mother of three sons.