The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has promoted its current acting chief executive after a lack of “competitive candidates” came forward for the role.
Jackie Smith will become the regulator’s substantive chief executive for a one year period as NMC Chair Mark Addison took the decision to stop the current competition for the post.
“The NMC plays a vital role in public protection and is going through a challenging time as it starts to raise its performance, in response to recent critical reviews by the CHRE,” said Addison.
“It is important that we have a competitive field of candidates for the key chief executive post from which to choose. In the run up to interview it was clear this condition was no longer met.”
“I am delighted however that Jackie Smith, who has been the acting Chief Executive since January 2012, and who has helped put the organisation firmly on the path to improvement, has agreed to accept the one year appointment.”
Addison confirmed a new appointment process will start next year.
The Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Nursing have both welcomed the continuation of Smith’s role at the NMC, seeing the “logic” of the appointment.