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Clare Strickland

Deputy Director, Fitness to Practise
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Clare Strickland is deputy director, fitness to practise, at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). She is part of the leadership team implementing the NMC’s strategy for fitness to practise “Ensuring public safety, enabling professionalism”. She is a barrister by profession, and spent her first nine years of practice in chambers, specialising in crime, licensing and regulation. She moved to the NMC in 2004, where she worked in a variety of legal and leadership roles. From 2015, she spent two years as a partner at Blake Morgan LLP, working for clients including NHS England and other regulatory bodies, before returning to the NMC in 2017.

  • Decisions in good faith: Driving accountability and examining the application of legal sanction in the context of systemic pressure and human factors, which underpin medical errors;
  • Professional Resilience: Reducing professional anxiety and creating an open culture where HCP’s can learn from reflective practice, to drive improvements in patient care;
  • Non-defensive healthcare: Talking candidly about everything that contributes to patient harm and wining the confidence of patients and their families in need of redress and healthcare professionals.