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NMC appoints two nursing academics as new council members


The Privy Council has appointed two new council members to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Robert Parry is a registered nurse and has been associate director of nursing and midwifery at National Education for Scotland since 2008.

“Their extensive knowledge and experience in health education will be invaluable”

Janet Finch

Mr Parry has held a number of senior education posts, including dean of the health and social care faculty at Hull University.

Professor Karen Cox is a registered nurse and deputy vice-chancellor at Nottingham University.

She has also previously held visiting professor posts in the nursing schools at Yale University in the US and Trinity College in Dublin.

Both will take up office with the NMC on 1 May. They will join the chair and nine other council members.

NMC council chair Professor Dame Janet Finch, said: “I am delighted to welcome Robert Parry and Karen Cox to the NMC council.

“Their extensive knowledge and experience in health education will be invaluable in supporting our strategic objectives and our focus on public protection,” she said. “I am confident that they will be assets to the council and I look forward to working with them.”

The NMC council is made up of six members from a registrant background and six from a lay background.

Mr Parry, who satisfies the NMC’s requirement for at least one council member to live or work in Scotland, will hold office until 31 April 2018, while Professor Cox will hold office until 31 April 2019.

Their terms of office are different to align to the terms of other council members, which are staggered to ensure a mix of registrant and lay member turnover and continuity.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Nice to know the NMC are keeping it real by appointing real, practicing nurses.

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  • Hear! Hear!

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  • I thought the NMC was all admin and hadn't realised the it had much to do with nursing! things seem to and lose focus!

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