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NMC announces new Director of Strategy

18 March 2014

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Billings as Director of Strategy.

Jon joins us from the General Medical Council (GMC) where he led work in a number of high profile areas such as developing and launching medical revalidation and introducing English language checks for European doctors. He has a wealth of healthcare and healthcare regulation experience, having started his career in the NHS as a radiographer before going on to manage both medical and surgical services. Jon’s regulatory experience includes senior roles at the Audit Commission and the Healthcare Commission. In 2007 Jon became a director in Ireland’s healthcare and social care regulator, where he led a number of investigations into health service failure, conducted inspection programmes and developed the first national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

In his role at the NMC, Jon will lead ongoing development of our strategy, planning, corporate governance and communication.

Jon Billings said:

“I’m delighted to be joining the NMC as it continues its programme of reform and modernisation. It goes without saying that nurses and nursing are pivotal in patients’ experience of healthcare, and effective regulation of the profession can play a vital role in protecting patients and promoting good practice. I look forward to working with the profession and the public among others to ensure the NMC is successful in doing this.”

 

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Notes for editors

1.   We are the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands. We exist to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public. We set standards of education, training, conduct and performance for nurses and midwives, and hold the register of those who have qualified and meet those standards. We provide guidance to help nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards. We have clear and transparent processes to investigate and deal with nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards.

2.   For media enquiries, please contact Madeleine Childs at madeleine.childs@nmc-uk.org or on 020 7681 5936.