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NMC seeks new Council member and two Associates

The NMC is looking for a new Council member and two Associates to join its governing Council.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is seeking a new member for Scotland to join its governing Council. As well as living or working in Scotland, the new member will also need to bring significant midwifery expertise, helping the Council to ensure that the perspective of midwifery is always heard.

The Council is also offering two people the opportunity to join as Associates and wishes to attract registered midwives and/or registered midwifery or nursing professionals from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The Associate roles are open to registrants from any of the four UK countries.

This new initiative will give successful candidates the chance to gain first-hand experience of what being a Council member involves and develop the skills and expertise to equip them to apply to be Non-Executive Directors in the future whether at the NMC or in the wider health and care sector. Associates will be involved in all aspects of the Council’s work and contribute to the Council’s business in a similar way to appointed Council members.

Successful candidates will be joining an ambitious, forward-thinking Council, determined to ensure its strategy makes a difference to people using health and care services across the UK.

Philip Graf, Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said:

‘There’s never been a more important time to join our Council. Our professionals are at the heart of the UK’s health and care services and our communities. As a Council it’s our goal to support them to deliver safe, kind and effective care now and in the years to come.

‘In seeking a new member for Scotland with midwifery expertise, we will continue to ensure that the perspective of both the midwifery and nursing professions and the countries in which they work is heard at the highest levels of the NMC.

‘I’m also proud to be launching our Associates scheme. Not only will these new roles give talented people the opportunity to gain valuable experience, but their perspectives will add real value to the Council’s discussions. It is important to me that we seek to reflect the diversity of the professions we regulate and the communities we serve, in helping to develop potential Council and Board members for the future.

“I look forward to our new Council member and Associates joining us as we continue to support and challenge the NMC’s Executive team as we take the significant decisions to ensure we deliver on our new five-year strategy.”


The NMC’s governing Council is made up of twelve members: six lay people and six current nurses, midwives or nursing associates, appointed by the Privy Council.

Appointments to Associate roles will be made by the Council and will be up to two years. Associates will not vote on Council decisions; however, votes are rare, as the Council makes decisions by consensus wherever possible. Additionally, they will not be a Charity Trustee or subject to the legal duties, responsibilities or liabilities of appointed Council members.

The closing date for Associate applications is Noon on 1 September 2020.

Saxton Bampfylde is acting as employment agency adviser to the NMC on the Associate appointments. Learn more about the Associate role.

The closing date for applications for the Scotland Council member role is Noon on 1 September 2020.

Aspen People are acting as employment agency adviser to the NMC on the Scotland Council member appointment. Learn more about the Council member role.


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