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NMC Chair to step down

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The NMC is the UK's nursing regulator Philip Graf is to step down from his role, the NMC has announced

Philip Graf, the NMC’s Chair of Council will step down from the role, the regulator has announced.

The Council has agreed that current acting Chair of the Council, Karen Cox, will continue until a permanent successor is appointed. An open selection process will take place early next year.

‘I’ve been so proud to be the Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and I’m very sorry that my illness means I have to step down. I always knew the importance of professionalism and expertise for nurses, midwives and nursing associates, but being in hospital has made me keenly aware of the third element, care and compassion, which makes such a difference,’ sad Mr Graf.

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‘I wish everyone at the NMC and every professional on our register all the very best for the future.’

The NMC has also recently appointed a new designate council member for Scotland and two new associates.

Justine Craig, a registered midwife, will join the regulator as its new designate member for Scotland. She will succeed current member for Scotland, Rob Parry, when his second term of office comes to an end

Tracey MacCormack, a registered midwife and Dr Gloria Rowland, a registered nurse, midwife and specialist community public health nurse will join as the first two associates from 1 January 2021.

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‘I’m delighted that Justine will be joining the Council as the future member for Scotland. She brings a wealth of experience and will ensure that we continue to hear the voice and perspective of midwives on the Council in the months and years ahead,’ said acting Chair of Council Karen Cox.

‘It’s also a great pleasure to welcome Tracey and Gloria as our first ever Associates. This is an exciting new scheme by the Council to help develop the talent base for the future. Tracey and Gloria were chosen from over 100 applicants in the face of stiff competition. We look forward to the fresh perspectives and insight they will bring to the Council’s work and to helping equip them to be future Board members.’

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