Nursing and Midwifery Council chair Tony Hazell has been reappointed for another 12 months after three years in post.
The move is intended to provide “stability and continuity” during an “extremely challenging” year ahead for the NMC, which will include the ongoing development of a new model for quality assurance of education and reform of the regulation of health visiting.
Professor Hazell, the first lay person to hold the post, will step down on 31 December 2012.
Commenting on his reappointment, Professor Hazell said: “I am delighted and honoured to be invited to extend my current term of office as chair of the NMC. I was privileged to have been the first lay person to be appointed to lead the NMC but it was never my intention to serve another three year term of office.
“There is still a very challenging agenda for the council and I look forward to contributing further to the significant progress that the NMC has made since 2009.”
He added: “During 2012 a recruitment exercise will be undertaken to appoint a new chair to lead the council through the next stage of change and development and I hope that a suitable appointment will have been made before I stand down as chair on 31 December 2012.”
The Appointments Commission made the appointment using powers delegated from the Privy Council.