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New NMC chair takes office with hope of ‘building on progress’

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Former newspaper chief executive Philip Graf has taken up office today as the new chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

He replaces Dame Janet Finch, who has completed her term as NMC chair and has overseen a number of changes at the regulator, including the introduction of revalidation. She had been in post since January 2015.

In addition, as of today, Maureen Morgan has completed two terms as a registrant NMC council member and steps down.

Meanwhile, Robert Parry has also been reappointed for a further three years, fulfilling the requirement for the council to have at least one member from Scotland.

Mr Graf said: “I am delighted to take up this role and look forward to building on the excellent work of my predecessor, Dame Janet Finch.

“Under her leadership the NMC has made considerable strides towards becoming the dynamic forward-thinking regulator we aim to be,” he said. “We’re indebted to Dame Janet for the invaluable contribution she has made.

“I also want to express our considerable thanks to Maureen Morgan, who leaves having devoted five years to the council. Her professional expertise, commitment and dedication will be a hard act to follow,” he said.

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He added: “I am also pleased to confirm that the council will continue to benefit from the expertise of Rob Parry, who has been reappointed to the council to serve a further term as a registrant member.”

The NMC council is made up of six lay and six registrant members, including at least one from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Members are appointed by the Privy Council, which oversees the nursing regulator, and can be reappointed for a second term, subject to satisfactory performance.

As reported last week, recruitment to the vacancy left by Maureen Morgan is currently underway and is open to nurses and midwives from all four countries of the UK with a current registration.

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