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RCN’s hunt for new leader will 'not be confined to the UK'


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.


Readers' comments (7)

  • Thanks to present incumbent nursing and nurses have never had a lower profile.

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  • Well I'm surprised it has any members left since it stopped providing indemnity! Unison now Union of choice. Hope RCN folds and soon.

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  • in other words it wont beanyone fron this country

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  • disappointing as it is surely preferable to have somebody with a thorough knowledge and understanding of British society, culture and the history and current situation in nursing. on the other hand the NHS should be far more open to those with experience from outside from whom there is much to learn and attitudes and fields to develop in.

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  • Does the person have to be a nurse? Why not have a plumber or a teacher or a manager as the head of the RCN? Hangon, the present incumbent was a hospital manager.

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  • This is a political appointment and anybody who thinks different is a mug. A decision will not be made until the general election result is known.

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  • Anonymous | 26-Mar-2015 6:23 am

    he was also a qualified nurse.

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