The structure of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has been overhauled with new departments, new directors, and an assistant director responsible specifically for midwives and health visitors, who will sit on the organisation’s new board.
New specialist professional advisors for the four branches of nursing: adult; children; learning disabilities; and mental health, will also be appointed, to give more focused expert advice across the different areas of nursing.
NMC chief executive Dickon Weir-Hughes said the new structure would create a new education directorship, and bring together policy and standards under a new director.
Within this department will sit three assistant directors: one for midwives and health visitors; one for nurses; and one for policy.
Professor Weir-Hughes said he hoped the restructured NMC, with its dedicated policy and standards directorship, would be better able to implement long-term changes that may cut the number of fitness to practice cases in years to come.
He said the previous executive management board will be replaced with a larger corporate leadership board with around 20 members.
Professor Weir-Hughes said the biggest change that frontline nurses, midwives and health visitors will be the introduction of specialist advisors, and the creation of an education directorship.
“Most other regulators have education directors, but the NMC never have previously have”, he said.
The restructure will see four new staff posts created, within the organisation’s current budget.
The first meeting of the new corporate leadership board will take place on August 25.