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Do you feel in control of your career path?

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Peter Carter, independent healthcare consultant and former chief executive for the Royal College of Nursing, believes that standards of care are at their best when nurses are at the forefront, which is why he’s speaking at Nursing Times Careers Live.

He’ll be discussing professional development and advising attendees how to take control of their career path, something he says is essential to being a nurse in the constantly changing NHS or private sector.

Constantly developing new skills is necessary to progress your career, and Dr Carter will share his advice for how to make yourself indispensable to your workplace.

Some of his key tips are to keep up to date with contemporary practice, be resilient and have good support mechanisms.

“Learning is a lifelong endeavor – it’s not something where once you qualify you’re done”.

Dr Carter believes in the importance of keeping your horizons broad and maintaining the fundamentals of patient care, especially considering the enormous changes that have taken place in the NHS in the past five to 10 years – changes he feels are likely to accelerate.

He also emphasises the importance of communicating with your employer and developing self-motivation skills to thrive in challenging circumstances, along with using the appraisal process to develop your career and secure opportunities for professional development.

“Nurses need to have the wherewithal to raise issues and speak up for themselves,” he says.

Dr Carter is a distinguished nurse, awarded an OBE for services to the NHS and three honorary doctorates from Universities of Edge Hill, Hertfordshire, and South Wales.

He was the general secretary and chief executive of the RCN for eight years, stepping down in 2015.

The conference will also include the opportunity to meet recruiters from all over the country, and will provide tips on developing your CV and personal statements and career advice.

If you’d like to hear more from Peter Carter, attend Nursing Times Careers Live on Thursday 5 May at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel in London. The jobs fair is free to attend and as well as an in-depth content programme, there are a host of hiring managers to speak to. Learn more at

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