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Niall Dickson: From BBC to GMC to NHS

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 19 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j175


Niall Dickson, 63, has just stepped down as chief executive and registrar of the General Medical Council after nearly seven years and taken up a new role as chief executive of the NHS Confederation, the representative organisation for NHS providers. A Scot educated at Edinburgh University, he taught for two years before working for Age Concern England and then moving into journalism. He was editor of the Nursing Times in the 1980s and then social affairs editor on BBC television and radio news, where he worked for 16 years from 1988. Yet another career switch saw him take over as chief executive of the King’s Fund, where he commissioned the seminal review of social care funding by Derek Wanless before joining the GMC from January 2010. Under his leadership the regulator has introduced revalidation, taken on responsibility for postgraduate medical education, and brought in fundamental reforms to its …

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