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Nursing regulator announces start of search for new chair

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that it is seeking a new chair to lead its governing council from May 2018.

The term of office of the current chair, Dame Janet Finch, comes to an end next spring, noted the regulator.

As previously reported by Nursing Times, Dame Janet indicated over the summer that she would not be seeking reappointment. Her decision to leave the regulator follows the NMC council agreeing changes to the role of chair.

At its meeting last week, the NMC council agreed to an amended role for the chair, including an increased time commitment.

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.

As reported by Nursing Times, to coincide with the change, the NMC also wants to increase the chair’s pay from £48,000 to £78,000 to reflect the extra time and wider remit of the role in future.

Announcing the recruitment process, the NMC noted that its council was made up of six lay and six registrant members, including at least one from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The chair plays a “vital leadership role” in setting strategy and overseeing the governance of the organisation, said the regulator in a statement.

It said: “As the demands on the organisation have grown, and will continue to do so in the future, the council has decided that the next chair will need to commit more of their time to the NMC. This also brings the NMC in line with many other regulators.

“This appointment provides an opportunity for an outstanding individual to play a central role in supporting the professionalism of midwives, nurses, and nursing associates, and in securing patient safety through a period of significant change in health and care services,” it added.

“We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced chair and outstanding leader”

NMC job description

The NMC has commissioned executive recruitment agency Saxton Bampfylde to help it find potential candidates.

The job description on its website stated: “We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced chair and outstanding leader to guide the next phase of our strategic journey.

“The successful candidate will also need to be skilled in navigating complex political issues in a fast moving environment and able to command confidence at the highest levels of government,” it said.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 20 October 2017.

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