The roles

We are looking for three high calibre, talented people:

  • Two members to join the Appointments Board
  • A new Chair of the Appointments Board

Conflicts of interest

As part of your application you are asked to declare any actual or potential conflict of interest or loyalty that could be perceived as relevant to the NMC. Please read the guidance here.

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You will need to check that you are eligible for appointment and that you are not disqualified. The grounds for disqualification from appointment to the Council can be found in the candidate information form.

All members of the Appointments Board must be lay members, and as such must not be, or ever have been, a registered nurse, midwife or nursing associate, nor have any intention of commencing practice in any of these professions. Members of the Appointments Board are prohibited from being a member or Chair of NMC fitness to practise panels during their membership of the Board.


You need to check that you are not disqualified from being a member of the Appointments Board. The disqualifications that apply to candidates can be found in the information form that must be completed by applicants.

Assessment competencies

We will use the following four competencies to assess candidates at every stage of the selection process.

NOTE: You will need to explain in your supporting statement how your expertise, experience, knowledge, and skills match each of the competencies. You can provide evidence of these competencies from any aspect of your life, experiences and activities, not just through your professional or work roles.

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Competency 1:

  • Understanding of the public and stakeholder interests
  • Ability to command the trust and confidence of the public/patients, registrants and NMC stakeholders, as well as other Board members and key executive colleagues at the NMC.
  • A genuine interest in making a significant contribution to public protection and safeguarding the health and well-being of patients and the public.
  • An understanding of the objectives of professional regulation in relation to upholding public interest and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the public.

Competency 2:

  • Ability to influence and communicate effectively
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to present views clearly and succinctly, using well-reasoned arguments.
  • Ability to operate effectively as a committee/board member, constructively challenge the opinions of others as well as to accept challenge with confidence and maturity.
  • Show respect for the views of others, listen, give serious consideration to other positions and explore options.

Competency 3:

  • Strong analytical skills and sound judgement
  • Ability to assimilate complex information in order to form opinions and reach sound conclusions.
  • Press for sufficient and relevant information; probe the facts and challenge assumptions.
  • Critically evaluate information provided and reach sound conclusions.
  • Open-minded, able to bring their own experience to bear on issues under discussion and exercise sound judgement.
  • See the wider issues and implications of a problem or situation.

Competency 4:

  • Proven track record of senior level human resources experience, including management of contractors
  • Understanding and expertise in recruitment, training, appraisal and disciplinary processes within a sizable organisation.
  • Knowledge of equality and diversity issues relating to recruitment and performance management.
  • Expertise in, or a good understanding of, procurement or contract management.

Additional competency for the Chair role: Strong leadership and chairing skills

  • Ability to demonstrate effective leadership and motivational skills and the ability to think strategically.
  • Effective influencing skills.
  • Ability to lead discussions to an appropriate conclusion, enabling and encouraging all members to participate.
  • Ability to manage and resolve conflict in order to gain fair and acceptable outcomes.
  • Ability to identify areas for improvement by constantly reviewing approach, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of the Chair and non-executive directors