NMC recruiting new Chair to lead Council

09 May 2014

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is recruiting a new Chair to lead its governing Council from January 2015. Candidates may come from a nursing, midwifery or lay background.

The Council is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the NMC, ensuring it is focussed on protecting patients and the public, and overseeing its work. It is made up of six lay and six registrant members, including at least one from each of the four UK countries. 

The current Chair of Council, Mark Addison, will step down at the end of 2014. He said: 

“I am pleased with the progress that the NMC has made over the last two years. We have cut the time it takes to deal with fitness to practise cases and eliminated the historic caseload. We have strengthened our registration processes, worked more effectively with our partners and stakeholders and we are on track to stabilise our finances.

“There is still a lot to do, and expectations of us are rightly rising. We have a strong Council and we need a strong Chair to provide the leadership we need to address the challenges ahead.”



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.   The Chair is appointed by the Privy Council. The recruitment and selection process is conducted by the NMC, and by the Professional Standards Authority.

3.   For media enquiries, please contact Ann Brown at media@nmc-uk.org or on 020 7681 5649.