Could you be our most senior registrant and help shape the future of our professions?

Published on 12 October 2022

We’re seeking a new Executive Director of Professional Practice who will lead reviews of some of our most important regulatory tools.

These include our Code, which sets out the professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. The successful candidate will also lead reviews of:

  • our revalidation process, which helps make sure professionals keep developing their knowledge and expertise throughout their careers
  • advanced nurse practice, exploring whether regulation is needed and if so, how it should be delivered.

In addition, the Executive Director of Professional Practice will be responsible for our education quality assurance programme and the expansion and development of our Employer Link Service.

Our search follows the news that Professor Geraldine Walters will step down from the role in November, following an exceptional career in practice, research, education and leadership. A previous recruitment campaign in the summer was not successful in finding the right candidate.

Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“This is a crucial leadership role, not just within the NMC but for the nursing and midwifery professions. That’s why it’s essential we find exactly the right person – somebody with bold vision and a strategic mind, who can work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to realise our vision of safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery practice.

“This is an opportunity for an exceptional nursing or midwifery professional to become the NMC’s most senior registrant. And with lead responsibility for reviewing the Code, revalidation and advanced nurse practice, it’s also a chance to shape the future of our professions for the better.”

Our new Executive Director of Professional Practice will also act as the NMC’s lead director for Wales. The lead directors hold relationships with key stakeholders within each devolved nation, ensuring we build understanding and maintain a presence and proactive voice within the health and social care sector of each country.

Sue Tranka, Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, said:

“This is an exciting and important role, and a rare opportunity for an exceptional nursing or midwifery leader to help shape the future of our professions.

“The successful candidate will become a vital partner for the four chief nursing officers and their teams, and for health and social care partners across the four nations.”

We’ve appointed Hunter Healthcare to lead recruitment to this vital role. The closing date is 23:59 on 26 October 2022. To find out more, including how to apply, please visit the recruitment microsite.


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