07 March 2024
£295 per day

Appointments Board Chair and Members

Appointments Board Chair and Members (Lay)
Closing date: noon (GMT) on Thursday 7 March 2024

We’re the independent regulator for more than 808,000 nurses and midwives in the UK and nursing associates in England. Working on behalf of the public, we want to support nursing and midwifery professionals to deliver the care we all want – safe, effective, and kind. 

We are seeking a lay Chair and two lay members to join our Appointments Board. We are keen to hear from people with the right skills and expertise from across all four UK countries, diverse backgrounds, experience and walks of life. The Appointments Board is composed entirely of independent members who are not professionals on our register.

Our core role, to regulate, includes investigating concerns raised with us about nurses, midwives and nursing associates – something that affects a tiny minority of professionals each year. Sometimes investigations can result in a fitness to practise hearing. It’s vital that fitness to practise panels make high quality decisions which protect the public and promote confidence in our professions. The Appointments Board has an important role in ensuring that effective arrangements are in place for the selection, training and performance management of panel members and legal assessors, as well as overseeing the NMC’s approach to the management of panel members and legal assessors. 

Successful applicants will combine a strategic approach with expertise in human resources, including recruitment and training; a sound understanding of managing contractors; excellent communication skills; a good understanding of governance and a commitment to the Standards of Public Life. As we enter a period of significant change, expertise in change and transformation; and organisational development would be advantageous. Applicants for the Chair role must be able to demonstrate skills in effective leadership aligned with strategic experience.

In return, you will have an opportunity to play an important part in relation to our fitness to practise activities which help keep the public safe. Our values – to be fair, kind, collaborative, and ambitious – along with our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, underpin everything we do.

The Appointments Board normally meets four to five times a year. Meetings are held either in person at our London offices or online. Board members need to be prepared to commit approximately eight to 10 days a year to prepare for and attend meetings. The Chair will need to be prepared to commit up to 15 days a year.

You will receive £295 per day for preparation and attendance at Appointments Board meetings and other activities associated with Board membership, plus reasonable expenses.

For further details, including the role description, competencies, and information on how to apply, please visit:

Applications should be received by noon (GMT) on Thursday 7 March 2024.

Registered charity in England and Wales (1091434) and in Scotland (SC038362).

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is supported in these appointments by executive search firm Hunter Healthcare. Any initial enquiries should be directed to James McLeod on 07842 424530 or 


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