The regulator had successfully selected a new chief executive in December last year but the chosen candidate was ‘unable to take up the post for wholly personal reasons’, an NMC spokesperson told Nursing Times.
‘The present senior management arrangements will continue until we consider the next steps in recruiting a permanent replacement,’ he added, meaning that interim chief executive Graham Smith will remain in post for the current time.
The NMC’s new 12-member appointed council, appointed last month, took over responsibility for leading the regulator’s strategy on 1 January.
The RCN paid tribute earlier this week to the work of outgoing NMC president Jill Crawford for her work and the progress that was made under her presidency.
RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘Jill took charge after a difficult period, and has provided strong and dedicated leadership to enable the council to deliver its action plan.’