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NMC council overhaul completed by NI appointment

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A new council member from Northern Ireland has been appointed to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, completing an overhaul of the regulator’s leadership.

Maura Devlin, a registered nurse and health visitor, will take up her position at the NMC from 1 October and will complete the line-up of the NMC’s new council.

Ms Devlin is head of the HSC Clinical Education Centre which provides training to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals employed in Northern Ireland’s health and social care trusts.

Previously she has held a number of executive roles, including interim chief executive of the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery.

In May, all bar one of the regulator’s previous council members were swept away in an overhaul, which followed a review of healthcare professional regulation by the Law Commission.

The new council comprises six nurses or midwives and six lay members, including members from each of the four countries of the UK.

However, there was a delay in finding a new council member from Northern Ireland, which meant the country’s previous NMC representative, Nikki Patterson, had her term extended.

NMC chair Mark Addison said: “Maura brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles which I am sure will be an asset to the council as we drive forward the NMC’s improvement programme.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our current council member from Northern Ireland, Nicki Patterson, who will step down on 30 September 2013.

“Her commitment and contributions have helped put the NMC on the right track and I wish her well in all her future endeavours.”

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