The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) are recruiting 85 panel members and 55 chairs to help the organisation to “reach timely, fair, and balanced decisions in fitness to practise cases.”

Writing on its website, the NMC said:

“For both roles we are looking for applications from a diverse range of individuals to ensure that panels are reflective of the UK population and the professionals on our register. That’s why we’ve partnered with Inclusive Boards, a recruitment agency that specialises in supporting organisations to achieve their equality, diversity, and inclusion recruitment goals.

“We particularly encourage from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply. We also want to hear from nursing associates, as we currently do not have any nursing associate panel members, which we are keen to change.”

The NMC has been severely criticised recently, including accusations that scores of potentially dangerous” nurses working with vulnerable patients as the NMC “fail to investigate growing backlog of cases” and a “defensive management culture, prioritisation of its own reputation over its legal obligations, and poor treatment of whistleblowers that has recently been criticised as the reason for Lucy Letby not being prevented from practising earlier.

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Lesley Maslen, Executive Director of Professional Regulation at the NMC, said:

“Ensuring that nurses, midwives and nursing associates are fit to practise is fundamental for people to receive safe, kind and effective care. Our independent fitness to practise panels are key to this, making fair and timely decisions about an individual’s practice.

“We’re keen that panel members and chairs embody our values – of fairness, kindness, ambition and collaboration – and are reflective of the diversity of our professions and the people we serve.”

Jane Slatter and Surinder Birdi, current and incoming independent Appointments Board Chairs said:

“We are committed to appointing panel members who reflect the diversity of our professions and the communities we serve. Our selection processes are designed to be accessible, fair, transparent, merit-based, and free from bias and unlawful discrimination, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued.”

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