The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today announced that Claire Johnston will join its leadership group next month, as its newest registrant council member.
Announcing the appointment, the regulator’s chair Philip Graf said: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome Claire to the NMC.
“I am excited to be joining the NMC at this critical point”
“Claire joins us at an important time, as the organisation drives forward an ambitious programme of work,” he said. “I know that her knowledge and expertise will be a valuable addition to the council and we look forward to working with her to protect the public.”
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Johnston said: “I am excited to be joining the NMC at this critical point. The council’s strategic reform programme is ambitious and in step with the fast pace of change in our professions.
“I’m looking forward to playing my part to ensure every registrant can provide the highest standard of safe practice for our public throughout the UK,” she added.
Ms Johnston is currently the project director of the CapitalNurse recruitment programme in North London.
She has spent her nursing career in community, acute and mental health roles and was a director of nursing for 20 years, most recently at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
She was previously national advisor in primary care and community nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, where she was seconded to the Department of Health to work on community care reforms.
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She is an honorary clinical professor of nursing at Middlesex University and is chair of Kidstime, a charity working to support the children of parents with mental illness.
The council is the governing body of the NMC. It is made up of 12 members, including at least one from each of the four UK countries – six lay members and six current registrants.
Council members are appointed by the Privy Council following an open, competitive recruitment and selection process.
Ms Johnston’s appointment fills an existing registrant vacancy on the council. Her initial term of office runs from 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2022.