Almost all the nursing regulator’s council members have been replaced in a complete overhaul designed to improve how the Nursing and Midwifery Council operates.
The reorganisation follows a review of healthcare professional regulation by the Law Commission, which recommended the overall size of the NMC council be reduced.
An amendment to the NMC’s constitution stipulated that from 1 May the number of lay and prefessional members be reduced from seven each to six each. As a result, all council posts were advertised, despite existing council members terms not having come to an end.
Professor Judith Ellis, who acted as chair for six months last year, was the only existing council member to be reappointed.
Council member for Northern Ireland Nikki Patterson has had her term extended as a replacement could not be found during the initial recruitment round, but the NMC said the “search process will be continued”.
Elinor Smith, nurse director of NHS Grampian, is the representative from Scotland and Carol Shillabeer, nurse director from the Powys Teaching Health Board, is the representative from Wales. They are joined by Maureen Morgan, who is senior fellow in clinical leadership at Keele University and a nurse and health visitor.
Lorna Tinsley, who was senior workforce modernisation manager at the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare between 2009 and 2012, is the only midwife to be appointed to the council.
They are joined by lay members including a former British Ambassador to Romania and to Thailand, Quinton Quayle; chair of the National Lottery Commission, Dr Anne Wright; and chief executive of the Health Foundation, Stephen Thornton.
NMC chair Mark Addison said: “I am delighted by the number and calibre of individuals who put themselves forward. We have been able to make some strong appointments, with the skills, experience and commitment we require.”