NMC seeks new Council Chair

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is seeking a new Chair to lead its governing Council from May 2018, when the term of office of the current Chair, Dame Janet Finch, comes to an end.

The NMC is the professional regulator for nurses and midwives, and has agreed to take on the same role for nursing associates. It is responsible for ensuring that those on its register – currently numbering over 690,000 – can practise safely.

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

The Chair plays a vital leadership role in setting strategy and overseeing the governance of the organisation. As the demands on the organisation have grown, and will continue to do so in the future, the Council has decided that the next Chair will need to commit more of their time to the NMC, and has set the future requirement at three days per week. This also brings the NMC in line with many other regulators. This appointment provides an opportunity for an outstanding individual to play a central role in supporting the professionalism of midwives, nurses, and nursing associates, and in securing patient safety through a period of significant change in health and care services.


Notes for editors

  1. Potential applicants can learn more about and apply for this role through Saxton Bampfylde’s website at www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference code TAQZA. The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 20 October 2017.
  2. The role and time commitment of the Chair is subject to review whenever there is a reappointment or recruitment process, to ensure that they meet the needs of the organisation in the future. The Council agreed a new role description for the Chair in July 2017 with an increased time commitment of three days per week.
  3. For media enquiries, please contact NMC press office on 020 7681 5409 or email media@nmc-uk.org.
  4. 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.