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NMC appoints two new council members

Two more nurses have become members of the nursing regulator’s ruling council.

Sue Hooton and Nikki Patterson took up their roles with the Nursing and Midwifery Council this month.

Ms Hooton, who currently works as an improvement advisor at the Advancing Quality Alliance, was awarded an OBE for services to nursing in 2010.

She has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career including assistant director of governance. She has also led a programme for the Kenyan Children’s Health Project, which was designed to introduce professional nursing standards.

She said: “I am delighted to be appointed as an NMC Council member. I have been working in nursing posts for over 30 years in practice, higher education and regulatory roles.

“I understand that I am joining the NMC council in turbulent times and hope that I might be able to draw upon my experience to contribute fully to the nursing and midwifery agenda in this new and challenging role.”

Nikki Patterson currently works as a nursing co director at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

She said: “Having trained as a nurse in Northern Ireland and worked there, in a variety of nursing roles since 1987, I am well placed to understand the issues as they pertain to the region.”

Commenting on the appointments, interim NMC council chair Judith Ellis said: “I am confident their extensive experience of strategic leadership will prove a great asset to the NMC in delivering effective public protection.”

The appointments are to be held until 31 March 2013, with remuneration of £12,000 per annum payable plus travel and subsistence costs for council business.

The NMC council comprises 14 lay and registrant members, including one member from each of the four UK countries.

The Department of Health is currently seeking views on proposed changes to the NMC constitution. The DH is proposing to change the legislation for the NMC to reduce the size of its governing council and to amend the length of time for which members can hold office. This expected by 1 April 2013.

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