The Nursing and Midwifery Council has begun recruiting a new chair to lead its governing council from January 2015.
The NMC said remuneration for the role was £48,000 a year based on an average time commitment of two days a week.
The current chair of council, Mark Addison, will step down at the end of 2014. The new chair will take office on 1 January 2015.
“We have a strong council and we need a strong chair to provide the leadership we need to address the challenges ahead”
Mr Addison’s tenure at the nursing regulator has seen an element of stability at the top of the organisation, following a series of upheavals and changes in leadership.
In its advertisement for the role, the NMC acknowledged it had undergone a period of “change and challenge” but said it had now “entered a new phase in our development”, which was focused on continuing to improve its performance and strengthening public protection.
However, the successful applicant will join the NMC as it wrestles with a heavy workload. At the top of the list continues to be improving performance on fitness to practise cases, but the bigger headache maybe pressure from ministers to move towards a system of revalidation for nurses.
Other issues on the table include seeking to implement legal changes that will help improve NMC productivity and investigating concerns over midwifery regulation and supervision – and not forgetting its long term financial position, which is currently causing friction with registrants via the proposed fee rise.
Mr Addison said: “I am pleased with the progress that the NMC has made over the last two years. We have cut the time it takes to deal with fitness to practise cases and eliminated the historic caseload.”
“We have strengthened our registration processes, worked more effectively with our partners and stakeholders and we are on track to stabilise our finances,” he said.
But he added: “There is still a lot to do, and expectations of us are rightly rising. We have a strong council and we need a strong chair to provide the leadership we need to address the challenges ahead.”
The closing date for applicants is 6 June. Candidates may come from a nursing, midwifery or lay background.
The council is made up of six lay and six registrant members, including at least one from each of the four UK countries.
The chair is appointed by the Privy Council, the parliamentary body that is ultimately responsible for overseeing the nursing regulator. However, the actual recruitment and selection process will be conducted by the NMC and the Professional Standards Authority.