NMC ends 16-month hunt for chief executive

A permanent chief executive will take over at the NMC from November, 16 months after its former boss resigned in the wake of a damning report by an NHS watchdog.

Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes
Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes

Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes will become the NMC's chief executive and registrar from November, taking over from Kathy George, an interim appointment.

His appointment will bring to an end a search that began in June 2008 when former chief executive Sarah Thewlis resigned. Her departure came after a report by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) found the NMC had serious weaknesses in its governance and was failing to carry out its fitness to practice procedures adequately.

The NMC had hoped to appoint a permanent replacement for Ms Thewlis in January, but the chosen candidate withdrew at the last minute ‘for personal reasons'.



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