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Chief exec of Nursing and Midwifery resigns

13th January 2012

The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has resigned with immediate effect.

Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes has been on sick leave since December 16 and resigned for "personal reasons".

In a statement, NMC chair Professor Tony Hazell said: “After a period of sick leave, Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, has decided to resign from his position as chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leave with immediate effect.

“We would like to express our thanks for his contribution to the NMC and wish him well for the future.

“In December 2011, the NMC announced its arrangements for managing the organisation during Professor Weir Hughes’ sickness absence. Jackie Smith, director of fitness for practice, will continue as acting chief executive and registrar until the council decides its future arrangements.”

Professor Weir-Hughes joined the NMC as chief executive and registrar in November 2009 and was an advocate of tighter regulation of healthcare assistants amid a warning over the consequences of the growing number of unregulated HCAs, although more recently Professor Hazell has pulled back from that and in a letter to Nursing Times “clarified” the NMC position.

Previously, Professor Weir-Hughes was executive director of nursing at Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and from 1998-2007 chief nurse and deputy chief executive at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence is understood to be a planning strategic review of the regulator and will work with the NMC about "how they might prepare for the appointment of a new chief executive".


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Friday 13th January 2012 @ 14:19

Professional accountability and regulation was Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes mantra. I was therefore surprised to learn on the internet that he is, or was, also (in addition to his NHS, University and/or NMC employment) a “Consultant in Mens Health” undertaking paid consultancy within a Practice in Wimpole Street, London.

“Dickon Weir-Hughes has developed the unique `Advanced kick-start lean muscle programme for men ™'. The programme provides health/fitness assessment, nutritional programming and Autogenic Training over a series of sessions and has been found to make a real physiological difference.

Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, Consultant in Men's Health and Fitness Wimpole Therapeutics, 2 Wimpole Street, London W1G OED, UK 020 7491 7767

I am intrigued what qualifications he possesses to undertake this role and given he is not listed as a member of the British Autogenic Society who ensures he is, or has been, appropriately regulated and supervised.

The British Autogenic Society’s own website states “any person who is not a Member of the Society cannot be recommended as a suitable autogenic therapist”.

To whom is (was) Professor Weir-Hughes’ professionally accountable throughout his period of paid employment as a Consultant in Men’s Health??? Surely he would not condone or permit any RN to undertake such consultancy without regulation, accountability or supervision???

It would seem the NMC as regulator have some explaining to do.

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