THE chief executive of the General Medical Council has announced plans to step down at the end of 2016.
Niall Dickson has held the top job at the regulator for seven years and has overseen a significant programme of reforms, including the introduction and three-year implementation of medical revalidation.
During his final year in charge he has said there will be “no loss of momentum”. He has pledged to push ahead with revalidation, modernising the medical register, developing a single licensing assessment for international and UK medical graduates, and speeding up fitness to practise procedures.
Further reforms are also set to be made to what he described as “our out-of-date legal framework”, and there will be new internal changes that aim to make the regulator “more responsive” and more financially secure.
Mr Dickson said: “By the end of 2016 I will have served seven years and I think this will be the right moment for me and the GMC to hand over the reins so that there is an orderly transition in senior responsibilities.
“It will enable Terence Stephenson to appoint a new chief executive and registrar who will be well established when Terence himself finishes his term at the end of 2018.”
The GMC said the process for appointing a new chief executive will begin “shortly”.