Extensions to the Terms of 2 Non-Executive Lay Members to the Northern Ireland Social Care Council

Date published: 15 October 2018

The Department of Health has announced extensions to the terms of appointments of Mrs Brenda Maitland and Mr Lee Wilson as Non-Executive Lay Members of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).

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Mrs Maitland’s extension will run from 1 October 2018 for a maximum period of six months.  Mr Wilson’s extension will run for a maximum period of 7 months, beginning on 1 September 2018. These appointments carry a time commitment of 2 days per month and attract an annual remuneration of £6,367.

The extensions were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Brenda Maitland - Brenda’s interest in the NISCC was prompted by experience as a carer. She has a background in the private sector with experience in human resources, leadership and development, governance and risk management. She has an engineering degree and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has served in a number of public bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Labour Relations Agency and the Charity Commission and currently carries out a number of roles in the public sector.
  1. Lee Wilson - Lee holds an MA in Administration and Law, and brings 20 years’ experience as a Finance Manager in a local health trust to the role. He was previously a Board Member of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland and is currently a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, where he is Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee.
  1. The NISCC is responsible for registering and regulating social care staff by maintaining a register of the workforce and conducting inquiries into allegations of misconduct; in the event that individuals are found unfit to practice on grounds of misconduct, bad practice, negligence, abuse or ill-health, the Council has powers to suspend, vary or remove registration; publishing Codes of Practice for employees and employers; and, promoting, developing, approving and regulating training and education, at qualifying and post-qualifying level, of social care staff.
  1. The Council is also the Northern Ireland component of the UK sector skills council partnership Skills for Care and Development which has the responsibility of ensuring that an appropriately skilled and qualified workforce is available.
  1. The board of the Council comprises of a non-executive Chair and 12 non-executive members. 
  1. There are no specific qualifications for appointment. Each person is appointed to act in a personal capacity and not to represent any particular interest or group.
  1. All 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. Both applicants declared that they had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.
  2. For media enquiries please contact the DoH Press Office team on 028 9052 0575 or email pressoffice@health-ni.gov.uk  Out-of-office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt

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