Dr Geraldine Walters has been appointed as the Nursing and Midwifery Council's new director of nursing and midwifery education, standards and policy.
A cardiac nurse by background, Dr Walters is currently director of nursing, midwifery and infection control at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and at the Florence Nightingale School at King’s College London.
‘I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to work with the NMC as director of nursing and midwifery education, standards and policy,’ said Dr Walters. ‘I look forward to bringing my experience to the role and to working with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure standards are fit for the future.’
The role is new to the NMC. Dr Walters will be tasked with forming a vision for nursing and midwifery education that demonstrates the importance of the professions to public health and patient safety.
‘We know that our education standards need to evolve in the future in order to meet the changing demands that the health and care environment will place on the nurses and midwives of tomorrow,’ said Jackie Smith, the NMC’s chief executive. ‘I have no doubt that Geraldine is the best person for this job.’