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Re-appointment of lay member to the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today announced the re-appointment of a Lay Member to the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) for a further term.

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey has re-appointed Mrs Florence McMahon for a further four-year period from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2013.

Notes to Editors:

1. The overall aim of the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) is to support and contribute to the professional development of nurses and midwives to enable them to play a proactive and responsive role in the delivery of high quality health and social care services. NIPEC supports nursing and midwifery services across all care sectors.

2. The board of NIPEC consists of a Chair, a Chief Executive and not more than 14 members. There are two categories of membership. Sixty per cent of the membership must be on the live professional nursing and midwifery register and the remaining forty per cent is made up of lay members (that is any person who is not and never has been a registered nurse or midwife). Members of NIPEC do not receive any remuneration, but are eligible to receive travelling expenses.

3. The appointments were made with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety. There are no specific qualifications for appointment.

4. The appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointment for Northern Ireland.

5. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the political activity of appointees (if any declared) to be published. Mrs Florence McMahon declared that she had not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

6. Re-appointment:

Mrs Florence Mary McMahon OBE, BA MSc, lives in Newry. Until 2004, Mrs McMahon was Managing Inspector for Policy and Planning in the Department of Education and prior to this she was Inspector of Post Primary Management. Mrs McMahon has also been a Field Officer for management issues with the Southern Education and Library Board and was Headmistress of a girls’ post-primary school for 12 years. She also served as a member of the Southern Health and Social Services Council from December 2005 to March 2009. She was initially appointed to the NIPEC board for a four year term from 1 October 2005 to 30 September 2009. Mrs McMahon does not hold any other public appointments.

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