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Former newspaper exec announced as new chair of NMC

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Former newspaper Chief Executive, Philip Graf, has been announced as the next chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Philip Graf, the former Chief Executive of the newspaper giant Trinity Mirror has been appointed as the next chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). From May 2018, the chair the NMC council will be paid a daily rate of £500 or £78,000 a year.

The NMC Council is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the NMC, for ensuring it is focussed on protecting patients and the public, and for overseeing its work. It is made up of six lay and six registrant members, including at least one from each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Presently, Mr Graf is chair of the Education Development Trust and the former chair of the Gambling Commission and former deputy chair of communications regulator Ofcom.

Graf spent a total of 20 years in the media industry which culminated in his role at Trinity Mirror.

In a statement announcing his appointment, the NMC said; “Philip brings a wealth of experience and expertise, together with a passionate commitment to public protection”.

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Philip will lead the NMC’s governing Council, setting strategy, overseeing governance and, in partnership with the Chief Executive, engaging with Governments and stakeholders across the UK.

Philip Graf, the new chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Health care and delivering public good are both close to my heart and this is the perfect opportunity to bring both together.

“This is an exciting time to join the NMC, as it looks to set the standards that will shape the nurses and midwives of the future and take on regulation of a brand new profession – nursing associates. I look forward to engaging with all our many stakeholders in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland about how the way we regulate can continue to improve protection for patients and the public.”

Jackie Smith, The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Philip Graf as our new chair.

“I know that Philip’s extensive experience of regulation, strategic insight and ambassadorial skills will ensure the NMC continues to be a forward looking, dynamic regulator, and make him a worthy successor to Dame Janet Finch”.

“We are indebted to Dame Janet who has led the NMC through a period of considerable progress, overseeing significant achievements, such as the introduction of revalidation, over the past three years”

Graf will take up the role from the 1st May 2018 when Dame Janet Finch’s term in office comes to an end.

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NMC launches an emotional support helpline for staff involved in fitness to practise cases

The helpline is part of the NMC’s bid to become a “person-centred” regulator.

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The helpline will provide emotional and practical support for staff involved in the fitness to practise processes.

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates involved in fitness to practise can now benefit from a new, free and confidential support service.

The NMC’s Careline, operated by an independent provider, will provide emotional and practical support is also available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for nurses and midwives across the UK, and nursing associates in England, who are involved in the fitness to practise processes.

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Staff can contact the service via phone, live chat or email, to discuss concerns with specially trained counsellors who are experienced in handling sensitive topics.

Launching less than a year since the NMC set up its support service for members of the public who raise concerns when things go wrong with their nursing or midwifery care, the 12-month CareLine pilot launched on World Mental Health day.

Becoming a ‘person-centred’ regulator.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, said: “Following the launch last year of our Public Support Service for people affected by poor nursing or midwifery care, I’m really pleased we’re now able to offer this new pilot resource for professionals.

“The Careline marks another important step forward in truly humanising how we operate and becoming the person-centred professional regulator that the NMC is determined to be with everyone we interact with.

“Less than one per cent of around 700,000 professionals on our register are engaged in our fitness to practise procedures, but we know that it can have a profound effect on those that are. The impact on someone’s physical and mental wellbeing as a result of being under such scrutiny mustn’t go unrecognised.

“I hope the Careline, and our forthcoming remediation guidance, further encourages support and learning when things do go wrong in nursing and midwifery care. Together, let’s help ensure that all those involved in our processes are treated with kindness and respect.”

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NMC to ensure overseas nurses can ‘join the register quickly as possible’

Overseas nurses will now be able to apply to join the register through an online system.

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council say they have streamlined the process for overseas nurses.

From today, nurses and midwives applying to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register will now be able to apply through an online system allowing them to track their progress instantly.

This follows a number of changes in recent years made by the NMC to better support applicants through the registration process, which included allowing candidates to only re-sit only the portion of an OSCE they failed, improved preparation materials including a mock examination and marking criteria and updated English language requirements.

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As part of the professional regulator’s commitment to improving its approach to overseas registration, the latest changes have been designed to offer a more efficient and streamlined experience and help ensure qualified nursing and midwifery professionals can get into practice where they are needed.

‘Join the UK workforce as quickly as possible’.

According to the NMC, these changes will ensure that highly-skilled nursing and midwifery professionals can join the UK workforce as quickly as possible in order to carry out their role of delivering better, safer care for people using health and care services.

Emma Broadbent, Director of Registration and Revalidation at the NMC, said: “We have listened to people’s feedback and I’m pleased to announce that from today nurses, midwives and nursing associates from abroad will benefit from this improved process.

“We want to make sure that those who meet our requirements are able to join our register as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are hopeful that by simplifying the application process, we will continue to make the UK an attractive option for those coming from abroad.

“This is another example of how the NMC is committed to positively addressing nursing and midwifery shortages that exist in health services, adult social care services and within local communities across the UK.”

Making nurses ‘feel as welcome as possible’.

The NMC says it has seen a significant increase – rising from 2,720 last year to 6,157 in March this year – in the number of nurses and midwives joining the register for the first time from outside of the EU.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “Nursing and midwifery is at the heart of our NHS and the social care sector, and it is important that we make those joining the health service, whether from at home or abroad, feel as welcome as possible.

“With an increasing number of applicants from around the world, this secure and efficient online service from the NMC will make it quicker for highly trained midwives, nurses and nursing associates to be able to provide compassionate care to their patients.”

“My grandmother worked in the NHS as a nurse, and I so know just how much commitment nurses put in to caring for their patients every day and night.”

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