The Royal College of Nursing has said its search for a new chief executive and general secretary will not be confined to the UK.
As reported last week by Nursing Times, the RCN has appointed leading specialist recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson to help it find a replacement for current leader Peter Carter.
Speaking about progress so far, RCN chair of council Michael Brown told Nursing Times that the college had taken the decision “not to confine” the search to the UK.
Mr Brown said there would be “really good UK candidates” for the post, but added that it “would be remiss” not to look further afield as well at international nursing leaders.
Dr Carter, the current incumbent, himself replaced the college’s first overseas general secretary in 2007, the American Beverly Malone who spent six years in the post.
In addition, the brief given to Odgers stated that the RCN was looking for someone with the “ability to refresh and re-position ourselves”.
Asked by Nursing Times if this meant a new direction for the college, Mr Brown suggested it was more about the new chief executive and general secretary “having a fresh outlook”.
He highlighted that whoever was appointed would need to work with the RCN council to create a strategy to face the “new challenges” posed by the next government, following the general election in May.
Mr Brown noted that it was “early days” in the process and said he was due to have a second meeting about the recruitment process at noon today.
The closing date for applications is 13 April, after which a long list of candidates will be compiled and then whittled down to a short list. Final interviews are scheduled for 27 May, he said.