The idea was revealed by Dr Ruth May to senior nurses yesterday at the CNO summit in Birmingham, including a potential design for the badges.
Under the new CNO’s plan, each year the chosen nurses or midwives would be given a silver or gold CNO or chief midwifery officer badge.
The draft criteria to qualify for a silver badge was presented as being for “performance that goes beyond the expectations of the job”.
Meanwhile, the gold badge would be for “outstanding achievements or an exceptional, significant contribution by an individual with a distinguished career in nursing and midwifery”.
Delegates were asked to consider whether the awards should be decided by self-nomination, nomination by colleagues or some other method, and whether they should only be open to NHS employees.
The appointment of the country’s first chief midwifery officer was announced at the conference yesterday, with Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent set to take up the role on 1 April