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RCN chief executive Peter Carter announces departure

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Peter Carter has announced that he is to leave the Royal College of Nursing, after eight years as its chief executive. 

He will stay in post while a successor is appointed, the RCN said today in a statement.

Nursing Times understands that he will remain at the college for the next six months. He will then take up a role working as a consultant in challenged trusts.

Mr Carter said: “It is just over eight years since I joined the college and it has been a wonderful time in my career.”

He noted that the challenges facing the college when he joined were “significant”, but that the RCN was now financially stable and had increased its membership. 

“There are countless experiences and people that I have met that have given me memories that I will cherish,” he said.

“Every week I meet nurses and other healthcare workers in clinical settings and I am nothing other than hugely impressed by them,” he said. “As a nation, we should be proud of those who work in healthcare as the vast majority give over and above what is expected of them.”

RCN chair of council Michael Brown said: “It is with great regret that today I have accepted Dr Peter Carter’s resignation. 

“In the eight years Peter has been with the RCN, the college has moved forward significantly and has improved under his management in difficult times within healthcare,” he said. 

“Peter has been a champion, not only for our members but the whole nursing family and health services during his time with the college,” he said. “He has really raised the profile of both nursing and the RCN and has consistently championed the very best in patient care. 

“We thank him for all he has done for members and the college over the years,” he added.

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Readers' comments (32)

  • OH! Dear the puppet as left the theatre that will save some money?

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  • Ya but why a consultant in challenged trusts that's another made up job to save face how about the people that have been told the one day that their job has gone and the isent another. and he will very likely have morealess the same pay.
    and what will he do he couldn't get the colleges the rise in pay the people that payed his wage so what is he going to do with hospitals in trouble the best people that give the best is the people that work with it not sit on butts and dictate so that's nothing over a band five from then on its a desk job , where the was one band six over band fives there is about one for twelve patents then you have band sevens then you have matrons then depety matrons then chief matrons then you have god?

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    TG! What kept him? Waste of space.

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  • ya that's it will done band six anything above to chief executive N H S this will sole your problems. sorry for taking your job peter??????????????

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  • just the sort of comments one would have expected here so far from the nasty, ignorant, ill-informed and militant part of the workforce which has destroyed the nursing profession and the excellent reputation reputation for patient care on enjoyed!


    I wish Mr. Carter every success in his new endeavours where his experience will clearly be invaluable and appreciated and thank him for his services to the RCN.

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    Anon 7 55 explain do! I think you are on your own here,

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  • Mr Carter sadly failed the nursing profession, failing to ensure adequate protection for those who spoke out about patient harm. We will never forget when he gave the thumbs up to Mid Staffordshire where Sir Robert Francis found up to 1200 patients died needlessly

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    Anon 9 09 I think you have said it all!

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  • Hang on now, Dr Peter Carter has been amazing. On most occasions where I have emailed him to share doubts or concerns or wanted to ask about a certain area of the profession and where the RCN stood, Dr Peter Carter called me up to discuss the issue.

    Dr Peter Carter cares deeply about the profession and RCN members. Its a sad day to him leave.

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  • Anonymous | 10-Feb-2015 9:43 pm

    well said. a very approachable individual totally devoted to nursing and the RCN. He not only responded to my e-mail but phoned me twice in Europe from his mobile on the train where we had a long chat about a highly derogatory and damaging report in a national newspaper that I had complained about as there was a lack of response from the RCN. It transpired that he had sent a letter which they had neglected to publish. I also wrote to the newspaper about the article and received an answer to say it was being looked into but nothing further. We enjoyed a long chat about a meeting he was going to and the concerns he was raising and discussed a little about his work.

    I am sure you and I are not alone in all of these interesting, personable and constructive contacts.


    I wish him well in is new and invaluable endeavours!

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