The Nursing and Midwifery Council will be seeking to appoint a new chair in spring next near, after the present incumbent signalled that she will be leaving the role due to time commitments.
The NMC has announced that the current chair of its governing council will not be seeking reappointment when her current term of office ends in April 2018.
“It is now right to seek a chair who is able to devote more time to this important task”
Dame Janet Finch, whose time as chair of the regulator has largely been viewed positively, has been in the post since January 2015.
Her decision to leave the regulator coincides with 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 two to three days per week.
Nursing regulator’s chair signals departure next year
The move “recognises the greater demands on the organisation and brings the NMC into line with many other regulators”, it said in a statement today.
The decision, agreed by members of Council at their recent meeting, will take effect from May 2018 when a new chair will take up the position.
An appointment process has been agreed by the NMC’s council and will begin in the autumn.
Dame Janet said: “It has been a great privilege to serve as the chair of the NMC for three and a half years, as it will be when my term of office comes to an end in April 2018.
“It has been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable, but over this period we have experienced ever greater demands on the organisation and the role of chair, increasing my time commitment to the NMC,” she said. “This is likely to increase further in the next few years.
“I believe that it is now right to seek a chair who is able to devote more time to this important task than I would be able to commit to in the future,” she said.
“Dame Janet has provided strong leadership of the NMC’s council”
The regulator highlighted that Dame Janet had brought “substantial experience” to the NMC from previous roles as vice chancellor of Keele University and a number of other non-executive posts.
In addition to her role as chair of NMC council, she is also a member of the Medical Research Council and is an honorary professor at Manchester University.
Jackie Smith, the NMC’s chief executive and registrar, paid tribute to Dame Janet’s contribution to the nursing regulator.
“Dame Janet has provided strong leadership of the NMC’s council during a time where the organisation has made huge strides towards achieving our ambition of being a truly dynamic, leading regulator,” she said.