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The Royal College of Nursing has announced that it is seeking nominations for the senior posts of president and deputy president.
Those elected through the process will replace the current president, Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, and her deputy, Yvonne Coghill.
“I would urge all those who feel they can contribute to these roles to put themselves forward”
The terms of the current incumbents come to an end on 31 December 2020. The period for nominations opens today, 19 June, and closes at 4:30pm on 20 July.
Those wishing to put themselves forward for either post should follow the details on the RCN website and the nomination form for the role, noted the college.
It said the list of potential candidates will be announced on 3 August. Voting will take place by postal ballot from 1 September to 30 September, with the successful candidates announced on 1 October.
The RCN added that that successful candidates would take up their posts on 1 January 2021, with a period in office of two years.
Dee Sissons, RCN chair of council, encouraged potential candidates to put their names forward for consideration.
“The roles of president and deputy president are hugely important as they both act as ambassadors for the nursing profession, as well as representing the College to its members, stakeholders and the public in the UK, and across the world.
“I would urge all those who feel they can contribute to these roles to put themselves forward to help play their part in keeping nurses and nursing in people’s minds,” added Ms Sissons, who is also a member of the Nursing Times editorial advisory board.