By: 2 October 2017
NMC seeks new Council Chair

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is seeking a new Council 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.

Potential applicants can learn more about and apply for this role through Saxton Bampfylde’s website at using reference code TAQZA. The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 20 October 2017.