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London nursing director to take up new education role with regulator


The nursing and midwifery regulator has appointed Dr Geraldine Walters to head up its work on transforming educational standards for nurses and midwives to meet future healthcare needs.

Dr Walters, currently executive director of nursing, midwifery and infection control at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will take up her new role at the NMC this summer.

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Nursing director to leave King’s for NMC role

Geraldine Walters

She has been appointed as the NMC’s director of nursing and midwifery education, standards and policy, which is a newly created role.

Once in post, she will lead work into establishing the regulator’s “vision for nursing and midwifery education, clearly demonstrating how this supports public protection”.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said Dr Walter’s start date would be confirmed in future, as well as whether the role would be part time or full time.

NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “I am delighted Geraldine has accepted the position of director of nursing and midwifery education, standards and policy.

“This is a new role for the NMC, bringing together our education, standards and policy functions into one directorate,” she added.

A cardiac nurse by background, Dr Walters has previously held a number of executive nurse director posts in acute NHS trusts in London. She joined King’s from St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2009.

Speaking on her appointment, she said: “I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to work with the NMC.

NMC building

The NMC in London

“I look forward to bringing my experience to the role and to working with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure standards are fit for the future,” she said.

During her time at King’s, Dr Walters is credited with improving the quality and safety of nursing care, enhancing career opportunities and improving performance in infection prevention and control.

She said: “King’s is a special place to work and, whilst excited about taking on a new challenge at the NMC, I will be very sad to leave. I have worked with some special people here, and would encourage anyone with ambitions in nursing or midwifery to work at the trust.”

Trust chief executive Nick Moberly said: “Geraldine has made a huge contribution during her time at King’s, and will be missed by everyone on the board, as well as across the trust.

“I know her extensive experience at King’s and elsewhere will help her play a key role at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and we wish her well,” he added.

A trust spokesman said the deputy director of nursing, currently Paula Townsend, would provide interim cover between the time Dr Walters left and a permanent successor was appointed.



Readers' comments (5)

  • Another on on the gravytrain

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  • Don't forget the chocolate wheels! The NMC have too much power, the government need to reign them in. Education should be the domain of university & services in liaison with the NMC not the other way round! It feels indirectly like learning based on capitalism not how to think beyond productivity and performance as better markers of true professionalism.

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  • The NMC sould recognise professionalism doesn't equate education for its own sake. Very worrying times for nursing and free thinking. Are the NMC becoming the thought police?

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  • Universities, rcn and NHS plus other bodies are already involved in nurse education. Too many chiefs and not enough .... and too many cooks spoil ...., and all that, which will lead to even more confusion and less achievement and with more spending down the drain? Next fee hike to pay for this new additional service?

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  • 1 APRIL, 2016 7:42 PM

    What power? Isn't it more to do with their struggle for power because they feel they don't have enough? Among lesser mortals this is termed bullying!

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