Kay Fawcett appointed to lead NMC advanced practice steering group

Published on 02 August 2023

Kay Fawcett OBE, former Executive Chief Nurse at both Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as Chair of the independent steering group for our review of advanced nursing and midwifery practice.

Kay will lead the steering group in reviewing and discussing all draft proposals around this work, to advise our Executive Board. This group will consist of key partners in health and social care across the four UK countries.

With a nursing career spanning more than 45 years, Kay brings a wealth of experience through her previous and current clinical, managerial, and educational roles. These also include her work as an Independent Nurse Adviser for Health Education England (HEE), associate and mentor to professionals on the Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholarship programme, and Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.  

Our next steps

We’re now considering further key lines of enquiry as we continue our review of the advanced practice landscape, including engaging with the public and people who use services, before presenting our Council with options to consider.

Sam Foster, NMC Executive Director of Professional Practice, said:

“Kay joins us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in both clinical practice and education, which will prove invaluable during our comprehensive review of advanced practice. As we consider the range of options available to us, any changes we make must benefit the public and people receiving care from advanced practitioners.

“It’s crucial that we work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders from across the UK, and throughout health and social care. This will ensure any proposals we put to our Council lead to better care for everyone, everywhere. Under Kay’s leadership I’m confident this steering group will be well placed to advise us.”

Kay Fawcett OBE, said:

“I’m delighted to be appointed as independent Chair of the NMC’s Advanced Practice Steering Group. Health and social care is becoming increasingly complex, but I’m confident we will make the right recommendations that support the future of nursing and midwifery practice.

“I look forward to collaborating with the NMC and its partners, including hearing the voice of the public, to ensure that any proposed changes are in the best interests of people receiving care from advanced nursing and midwifery practitioners.”

Find out more about our review of advanced nursing and midwifery practice

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