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.
Nursing director to leave King’s for NMC role
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.
“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.