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NMC appoints strategy director to drive regulator’s new five-year plan

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Candace Imison has been appointed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as its new director of strategy development, with a brief to come up with a five-year plan for the regulator.

She will join the NMC next month from the Nuffield Trust think tank, where she has worked since 2014 as director of policy and more recently as director of workforce strategy.

“It’s a hugely exciting time as we embark on the development of our new long term strategy”

Andrea Sutcliffe

Ms Imison, who has been appointed for 12 months, will lead on the research, design and development of the NMC’s “ambitious” new five year strategy, said the regulator.

She will develop the plan in partnership with professionals, the public and the NMC’s partners across the UK, it said announcing her appointment.

NMC chief executive and registrar Andrea Sutcliffe said: “I’m delighted that Candace Imison will be joining us as director of strategy development.

“It’s a hugely exciting time as we embark on the development of our new long term strategy,” said Ms Sutcliffe.

Candace Imison

Candace Imison cutout

Candace Imison

“Candace brings with her a wealth of experience, from her time leading the delivery of health and care services, to her roles at some of the UK’s leading policy institutions,” she said.

“Her intimate understanding of the health and social care landscape, at what is a time of unprecedented change, will be invaluable as we explore what it means to be a truly modern professional regulator and what more we can do to support better, safer care across the UK in the years to come,” she added.

Ms Imison has over 30 years’ experience in health and care policy development at a national level.

While at the Nuffield Trust, she developed an extensive work programme on new models of care, technology and the workforce.

For example, she led on the recent high profile report Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce, which outlined solutions for overhauling how the NHS recruits and keeps its staff.

She was also previously deputy director of policy at the King’s Fund, where she researched and published on a wide range of topics, including future healthcare trends, service reconfiguration, workforce planning and community health services.

In addition, she has extensive senior management experience in the NHS and worked on strategy and policy at the Department of Health for a number of years.

Ms Imison will join the NMC on 9 April 2019 working three days a week. She will retain her link with the Nuffield Trust as senior associate.

Speaking on her appointment, she said: “At a time when nurses, midwives and nursing associates are facing mounting pressures, effective professional regulation could not be more important.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with the NMC, and their stakeholders across the UK, to refresh their strategy at this critical time,” she added.

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