NMC to recruit fitness to practise panel members and chairs

Published on 12 June 2024

We’re seeking to recruit 85 panel members and 55 chairs to reach timely, fair, and balanced decisions in fitness to practise cases.

Of these, 80 must be lay – someone who has not been on our register – and 60 must be either a registered nurse, midwife or nursing associate.

Panels consist of three members, including at least one nurse, midwife, or nursing associate, and one lay person. Together, they determine whether a professional is fit to practise and whether any restrictions are needed on their practice to keep people safe.

For both roles we are looking for applications from a diverse range of individuals to ensure that panels are reflective of the UK population and the professionals on our register. That’s why we’ve partnered with Inclusive Boards, a recruitment agency that specialises in supporting organisations to achieve their equality, diversity, and inclusion recruitment goals.

We particularly encourage from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply. We also want to hear from nursing associates, as we currently do not have any nursing associate panel members, which we are keen to change.

Lesley Maslen, Executive Director of Professional Regulation at the NMC, said:

“Ensuring that nurses, midwives and nursing associates are fit to practise is fundamental for people to receive safe, kind and effective care. Our independent fitness to practise panels are key to this, making fair and timely decisions about an individual’s practice.

“We’re keen that panel members and chairs embody our values – of fairness, kindness, ambition and collaboration – and are reflective of the diversity of our professions and the people we serve.”

Jane Slatter and Surinder Birdi, current and incoming independent Appointments Board Chairs said:

"We are committed to appointing panel members who reflect the diversity of our professions and the communities we serve. Our selection processes are designed to be accessible, fair, transparent, merit-based, and free from bias and unlawful discrimination, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued."

If you have the required skills and are motivated by our vision and values, we would love to hear from you.

Recruitment is live and open until 17 July 2024.

Find out more by visiting the panel member recruitment hub.

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