Andrea Sutcliffe CBE appointed Chief Executive and Registrar at NMC

4 October 2018

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE has been appointed Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Andrea joins the NMC from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) where she has been Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care since October 2013.

Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care. In her current role she leads on the regulation and inspection of adult social care including residential and nursing homes and domiciliary care. Andrea is also responsible for the registration team supporting all health and care sectors.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Chief Executive and Registrar. The work of the NMC is essential in protecting the public across the UK and promoting the professionalism of nurses, midwives and, in the future, nursing associates.

“I am looking forward to working with the Chair, Council and colleagues to ensure that people are at the heart of everything we do and to secure the confidence of the public, professions and our partners that we will do the right thing and we will do it well.”

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

“I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm Andrea Sutcliffe as Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC and I look forward to welcoming her in January.

“Andrea brings with her a wealth of experience in health and social care. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a real commitment to putting the safety of those receiving care at the heart of her work and I know that she will ensure the voice of patients, nurses, midwives and nursing associates are at the core of what we do. I am sure that Andrea will provide strong leadership to the organisation as we continue to deliver significant change and as we embark on developing our ambitious new strategy for 2020-2025.”

Andrea joined the CQC from the Social Care Institute for Excellence where she was Chief Executive from April 2012. Previously she was Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission and was an Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years.

In July 2016, in recognition of her work in social care, Andrea received an Honorary Award of Doctor of Science from the University of Leeds. She was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

Andrea will take over from interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Sue Killen, in January 2019.

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