Blog: Rob Parry on being a council member

Published on 06 August 2020

Rob Parry talks about what it's like being a council member on the NMC Council

One of the biggest benefits and rewards of being on the Council is the learning that you gain from the colleagues you work alongside: fellow council members (registrant or lay), executive and governance colleagues all bring knowledge, skills and perspectives to the table which are insightful and valuable.

When I reflect back on my initial motivation to apply, it stemmed from my desire to be part of 'making a difference' to the profession that I am passionate about. How does being on the Council achieve this? By contributing to critical Council discussions and decisions on developing strategies for the future direction of the professions, including approval of the new Standards of Proficiency for the Future Nurse and Future Midwife. It is a true honour and source of pride to be a registrant Council member.

As a nurse working and living in Scotland it’s a privilege to be the member for Scotland and bring my perspective to the Council. It provides a unique opportunity to engage with professional issues at a UK wide level. I regularly share excellent practices we have in education, clinical practice and research in Scotland, as well as informing on national perspectives and health and social care policies. This contributes to shaping the strategic decision making of the NMC as a UK wide regulator.

Lorna Tinsley brings current midwifery expertise, you can read about Lorna’s account of being a Council member here.

You can find out more about what being a council member entails in our Chair, Philip Graf's blog and our Scottish Council member recruitment information.

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