New pharmacist regulator appoints chair

A past president of the Institute of Healthcare Management has been appointed as the first chairman of the new independent regulator for pharmacists.

Robert Nicholls, new chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council
Robert Nicholls, new chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council

The Appointments Commission selected Robert Nicholls to chair the General Pharmaceutical Council from 2010.

The head of the 14-member General Pharmaceutical Council will earn £48,000 and the other council members will be appointed later in the year.

Mr Nicholls has almost 40 years’ experience in the NHS, working as a manager at hospital, district and regional levels. He is a past president of the Institute of Healthcare Management and was awarded the CBE for services to healthcare in 1995.

Mr Nicholls said: ‘It is exciting to be involved in the creation of a new organisation, particularly one aimed at improving patient safety and enhancing confidence in pharmacy, at a time when the vital role of pharmacists is being extensively developed.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

 


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