Appointment of a Non-Executive Chair to the Northern Ireland Practice & Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery

Date published: 17 December 2021

Health Minister Robin Swann, has announced the appointment of a new Non-Executive Chair to the Northern Ireland Practice & Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC).

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Bronagh Scott’s appointment commenced on 6 December 2021 and will end on a date not later than 5 December 2025. 

NIPEC’s Chair position attracts an annual remuneration of £11,534 with a time commitment of 45 days per year.

This appointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

NIPEC, is an Arm’s Length Body sponsored by the Department of Health to support the development of nurses and midwives by promoting high standards of practice, education and professional development. NIPEC also provides advice and guidance on best practice and matters relating to nursing and midwifery (NI).

The NIPEC Board comprises a Non-Executive Chair, a Chief Executive and not more than 14 Non-Executive Members (60% registered nurses/midwives and 40% not registered).

Notes to editors: 

  1. Bronagh Scott registered as a nurse in 1984 having completed her studies in Northern Ireland. She specialised as a critical care nurse and worked in a number of critical care units. She has held a number of Executive Director of Nursing roles in Northern Ireland, London and Wales. While in England she chaired two Care Quality Commission inspections of large NHS Trusts. She also led the development of a national leadership programme, for senior nurses, from Black and Minority Ethnic groups. In 2015, she was appointed, by the Health Minister, as the Nurse Adviser to the Expert Independent Panel chaired by Professor Rafael Bengoa, tasked with leading an informed debate on the best configuration of Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland. Ms Scott is a Trustee for the Charity United Response which provides community-based services for people with learning disability across England and Wales. She currently holds one other public appointment, having been appointed as an Interim Non-Executive Member (Nursing) of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority in October 2020. This position requires a time commitment of 2-3 days per month, and attracts a remuneration of £6000 per annum.
  2. Appointments to NIPEC are made with the approval of the Health Minister.
  3. All public appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. Ms Scott has declared that she engaged in canvassing, on behalf of the SDLP, in the local council elections in 2019.
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