Candace Imison appointed Director of Strategy Development at the NMC

27 March 2019

Candice ImisonCandace Imison has been appointed Director of Strategy Development at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). She joins the NMC from the Nuffield Trust where she has worked since 2014 as Director of Policy and more recently as Director of Workforce Strategy.

Candace, who has been appointed for twelve months, will lead on the research, design and development of the NMC’s ambitious new five year strategy, developing it in partnership with professionals, the public and the NMC’s partners across the UK.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Andrea Sutcliffe said: 

“I’m delighted that Candace Imison will be joining us as Director of Strategy Development. It’s a hugely exciting time as we embark on the development of our new long term strategy.

“Candace brings with her a wealth of experience, from her time leading the delivery of health and care services, to her roles at some of the UK’s leading policy institutions. Her intimate understanding of the health and social care landscape, at what is a time of unprecedented change, will be invaluable as we explore what it means to be a truly modern professional regulator and what more we can do to support better, safer care across the UK in the years to come.”

Candace Imison said:

“At a time when nurses, midwives and nursing associates are facing mounting pressures, effective professional regulation could not be more important. I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with the NMC, and their stakeholders across the UK, to refresh their strategy at this critical time.”

Candace has over 30 years’ experience in health and care policy development at a national level. While at the Nuffield Trust she developed an extensive work programme on new models of care, technology and the workforce, leading on the recent report ‘Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce’ which outlines a detailed and costed set of solutions for overhauling how the NHS recruits and keeps its staff.

Candace was previously Deputy Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, where she researched and published on a wide range of topics, including future health care trends, service reconfiguration, workforce planning and community health services.  She has extensive senior management experience in the NHS, and worked on strategy and policy at the Department of Health for a number of years.

Candace will join the NMC on 9 April 2019 working three days a week. She will retain her link with the Nuffield Trust as senior associate.

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