Three new directors have been appointed at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Leading on Fitness to Practise, Continued Practice and Registration, the new directors will help “strengthen the team” according to NMC chief executive Jackie Smith.
Smith said: “We face important challenges so we can deliver effective and efficient regulation, to protect the public.
“Each director has an absolutely key priority on their plate.”
Fitness to practise
Sarah Page has been acting director of fitness to practise since 2011 and the NMC claims she has already led “significant improvements” to the directorate.
An NMC statement said Page has already brought investigations in house to use resources more efficiently and more than doubled the number of hearings held each day.
Page’s role will focus on the delivery of NMC plans to “further demonstrate improvements in the timeliness, quality and customer service aspects of this work”.
Revalidation, education, standards development and quality assurance of education will be supervised by Dr Katerina Kolyva.
Previously a senior policy adviser on health and social policy for the European Parliament, Kolyva will engage with stakeholders in education and standards to improve public protection through collaborative work post-Francis report.
The NMC is committed to introducing a system of revalidation by 2015 which is risk-based, proportionate and which will not add to the registration fee.
The lead on maintaining the register, registration policy and processes will be Alison Sansome.
Sansome’s key focus will be the registration improvement programme. She will also lead on strengthening public protection and developing a more effective and customer friendly process.
Before working at the NMC, Samsome was a programme director for a new Ministry of Justice system implementation at Hewlett Packard.