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Geraldine Walters CBE

Director of Education and Standards
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Professor Geraldine Walters joined the NMC as Director of Education and Standards in September 2016. Having originally trained as a cardiac nurse, her career progressed to a number of executive nurse director posts within acute NHS Trusts in London, at St George’s, Epsom, St Helier NHS Trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, and most recently she was Executive Director of Nursing and Infection Control at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Geraldine is also a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and at the Florence Nightingale School at King’s College London. Geraldine will be overseeing the NMC’s Education, Standards and Policy directorate at an important time. Council has outlined education as a corporate priority and Geraldine will be leading on the ambitious programme of change for education including the development of new standards of proficiency for future graduate registered nurses and midwives. Geraldine was awarded a CBE for services to nursing and midwifery in January 2017. She has also a number of academic achievements including an MBA from Henley 1996, and her PhD in 1992 on “Strategies for dealing with pre-hospital cardiac arrest in London”.

  • Exploring the NMC’s new Standards of Proficiency and Framework for Nursing and Midwifery Education in operation from 2019
  • Understanding evolving health and care needs and the role of prevention and long term care planning in the proficiency requirements of nurses
  • Outlining the findings from the Nursing Associates training programme and assessing how the first registered Nursing Associates will be regulated from 2019
  • Assessing common challenges in nursing revalidation and exploring the role of employers in supporting progression and professional development for nurses
  • Evaluating the future of nursing regulation in meeting evolving demand and new settings for care