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Anna van der Gaag appointed independent chair of NMC midwifery panel

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An expert in health regulation has been selected to lead an advisory group at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Anna van der Gaag has been appointed independent chair of the NMC midwifery panel, which provides high-level, strategic guidance to the regulator on midwifery and maternity matters.

“She brings with her a wealth of experience in regulation and the wider health and care sector”

Sue Killen

The panel will play a key role in the development of NMC’s new education standards for midwives.

Dr van der Gaag is a visiting professor in ethics and regulation at the University of Surrey and a former chair of the Health and Care Professions Council.

She is a non-executive director at Health Education England and the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network.

Qualifed speech and language therapist Dr van der Gaag is also a founding member of the Q Community, a quality improvement network led by the Health Foundation.

Sue Killen, interim chief executive and registrar at the NMC, said she was ”delighted” to welcome Dr van der Gaag to the midwifery panel.

Ms Killen added: “She brings with her a wealth of experience in regulation and the wider health and care sector and I look forward to working with her.

“This is an exciting time for midwifery as we develop ambitious new education standards for midwives.

“The panel’s valuable advice on this and wider midwifery related matters will continue to play a critical role as we move forward in the coming months.”

Dr van der Gaag was due to chair her first meeting of the midwifery panel today.

The NMC is set to consult on draft midwifery education standards in early 2019, with the final version coming into force in 2020.



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  • Personally and Professionally I don't think that anyone who is not themselves a qualified and registered nurse should hold any management or leadership position with the NMC.

    Lawyers, Medical Doctors, Surgeons, Dentists, Architects, Accountants,Pilots, Social workers, Police, Fire Fighters, The armed forces, academics...etc do not allow their professions to be governed by, overseen and ultimately controlled by "lay- people" neither should Nursing.

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