Although Jim has been Chair since April 2013, his association with NISCC goes back further than that, having been appointed a member of Council in October 2007.
Commenting about his time at NISCC, Jim said: “Undertaking the role of Chair has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. We regularly state how our role as a regulator is about improving quality and outcomes for people who use social care services. This reminds me that is not just a privilege, but also a huge responsibility.
“There can be no more important role than contributing to public protection, safeguarding vulnerable people and raising confidence within those who use social care. As a carer myself, I appreciate the role played by our registrants, our employers, our educators and all of our stakeholders who contribute to our mission.
“As my term as Chair concludes, I pay tribute to my fellow Council members, our colleagues at the Department of Health, the Senior Management team at NISCC and all of its staff, who have been part of our journey over the last ten years. With a register of 40,000 there is still much to do.
“I offer my best wishes to Paul Martin the incoming Chair. With his experience, knowledge and expertise, I am confident that NISCC is well positioned to take on whatever challenges lie ahead. My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported and guided me during my time here.”
Paying tribute, Chief Executive, Colum Conway said: “Jim finishes his time at NISCC having delivered the policy intent which framed the establishment of the Council and he should be very proud of this achievement.
“He has been pivotal in the move to a ‘Fitness to Practise’ model of regulation, which introduced a more proportionate, flexible and fairer approach to the complaints procedure and the ‘Social Care Workforce Registration’ project, which also saw the registration of domiciliary care workers, the first regulator to do this within the EU. To achieve the registration of a workforce of some 40,000 people, is testament to Jim’s personal interest in the subject matter and to his vision, drive, commitment and unstinting leadership.
“His ability to build relationships, networks and provide compassionate leadership has done so much to raise the profile and value of Social Care and Social Work across Northern Ireland. I, and everyone at NISCC, wish Jim and his family well for the future.