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NMC seeks nurse or midwife to join council


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.


Readers' comments (5)

  • 12 grand a year with expenses on top for 3 days a MONTH????? Are they serious? I work 3-4 days a WEEK and earn about double that but not including the fees and parking I have to pay out simply to work! And they wonder why so many nurses are so disillusioned with them, this has made my blood boil today, robbing, useless council

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  • Yes me too!! I could not have put it better myself. Am currently in the process of deciding whether to appeal or resubmit me application to the register. Just waiting to hear what exactly it is about my character that is not 'good' first. No practice issues in 14 years of nursing but have managed to allow my registration to lapse by a reasonably significant period (less than the 3 years cut off point though). I've read so many comments on here in the past about the NMC's ways and now I know why. I am also intending to put in a complaint about there handling of my case so far.

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  • You must be joking A token gesture by overpaid, government appointed, pen pushing shape shifters.
    Plus you will have to live near London for your 3 day month Im not surprised the NMC is in the mess it is

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  • Who would have guessed the NMC has 6 nurses on their Council! Not much about the decisions they make, indicate they have any real nurses at all there - brain dead or otherwise. More like nodding dogs, I think.

    At a Council meeting in November when they inserted the latest code of conduct draft ( not that I found it, in all the rest of the waffle but the NT said it was in that document), only 4 were present! Where were the other 2 then...after all the registrants pay twice and the taxpayers pay once to keep these useless people "occupied".

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  • £12k a year equals £333.33 per day that they are doing something or put another way the best part of three Registrants annual subs.......... pass the popcorn.

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