The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to increase its chair’s pay to £78,000 next year due to the extra time commitment that will be required by the person in post and wider remit of the role.
From May 2018, when a new chair is appointed, the post holder will be required to work three days a week instead of the current two.
The chair currently receives £48,000 and the regulator’s pay panel said that by boosting this allowance proportionately to account for the extra day – to £72,000 a year – would not be enough to also reflect the wider remit of the role.
The panel also noted the level of pay for the chair had not been altered since 2009, according to NMC council papers that lay out the changes.
Therefore, it proposed a boost in the chair’s allowances, to £78,000 – which represents an 8.5% increase from £72,000.
“The panel was mindful throughout its deliberations of the need to ensure prudent use of registrants’ fees”
NMC council papers
However, the panel had considered whether the payment should be raised up to a maximum of £84,000 – based on the average money provided to similar healthcare regulators’ chairs. But it decided against a larger increase due to the “sensitivity of doing so”.
“The panel was mindful throughout its deliberations of the need to ensure prudent use of registrants’ fees in determining a fair level of allowance,” stated the papers.
After considering the panel’s suggestion of £78,000, the regulator’s remuneration committee noted this was a “no more than a pro rata increase for the three day time commitment” with an “additional, reasonable and not excessive” uplift and agreed to recommend the amount to the NMC council.
The NMC confirmed to Nursing Times that the council had approved the increase to £78,000, which will be introduced from May when a new chair is appointed. The incumbent postholder is Dame Janet Finch, who has been in the role since January 2015.
Earlier this summer, it was revealed that the NMC’s chief executive also received a pay rise in 2016-17.
The regulator’s financial reports, published in July, showed that Jackie Smith’s salary was increased by 10% – equivalent to nearly £20,000 – in order to bring her wages into alignment with leadership roles at other similar organisations.