NMC Council agrees changes to the role of Chair of Council

NMC Council, the governing body of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, has agreed to an amended role for the Chair of Council which includes an increased time commitment from two to three days per week. This recognises the greater demands on the organisation and brings the NMC into line with many other regulators.

The decision, agreed by members of Council at their recent meeting, will take effect from May 2018 when a new Chair will take up the position. An appointment process has been agreed by the NMC’s Council and will begin in the autumn.

The NMC’s current Chair of Council, Dame Janet Finch, who has been in post since January 2015, will not be seeking reappointment when her current term of office ends in April 2018.

Dame Janet brought substantial experience to the NMC which she gained as Vice Chancellor of Keele University from 1995-2010 and subsequently in a number of non-executive director roles. In addition to her role as Chair of NMC Council, she is also a member of the Medical Research Council and is an honorary professor at Manchester University.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“Dame Janet has provided strong leadership of the NMC’s Council during a time where the organisation has made huge strides towards achieving our ambition of being a truly dynamic, leading regulator.”

Dame Janet Finch said:

 “It has been a great privilege to serve as the Chair of the NMC for three and a half years, as it will be when my term of office comes to an end in April 2018.

“It has been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable, but over this period we have experienced ever greater demands on the organisation and the role of Chair, increasing my time commitment to the NMC. This is likely to increase further in the next few years. I believe that it is now right to seek a Chair who is able to devote more time to this important task than I would be able to commit to in the future.”


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  2. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK. We exist to protect the public. We do this by maintaining the register of qualified nurses and midwives and setting standards of education, training, conduct and performance. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. If concerns are raised about the standards of a registered nurse or midwife, we have a duty to investigate and, where necessary, take action to protect the public.