The nursing regulator is inviting applications from registered nurses and midwives to fill a vacancy on its ruling council.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council said the position was open to any nurse or midwife who is currently on its register, and living or working in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The vacancy follows the decision of Professor Judith Ellis – recently appointed chief executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – to step down from her role as an NMC Council member on 30 June.
The time commitment for the role is around three days a month, with a remuneration package of £12,000 a year. The NMC added that it would also reimburse reasonable expenses.
Applicants for the council position should apply by noon Monday 19 January. The successful appointee will take office from 1 May, said the regulator.
The council has two key roles – setting the strategic direction for the regulator and overseeing the work of its senior staff. It is also in the process of finding a new chair, as the current incumbent Mark Addison is due to step down at the end of the year.
The NMC council has been restructured several times in recent years in the wake of concerns about the regulator’s performance. In its latest guise, the council is made up of 12 members, with six members from a registrant background and six from a non-registrant.
In July, an absence of registrants at the top tier of the Nursing and Midwifery Council prompted it to create a panel of senior nurses and midwives to advise it.
The NMC Senior Registrants Strategic Advisory Group is made up of 22 senior nurses and midwives who still work at the frontline.