RCN president Cecilia Anim praises outgoing chief exec Peter Carter

RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter is leaving the organisation after eight years in the role

RCN president Cecilia Anim has praised the college’s outgoing general secretary Peter Carter, who is serving his final day at the organisation today.

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Dr Carter is stepping down after eight years and Ms Anim said she has seen at ‘first hand Peter’s invaluable service’ to the royal college.

She said: ‘Under his leadership, the college is stronger than it has ever been and he has tirelessly championed nursing and patient care. 

‘He will be missed and I wish him well in his future endeavours.’

Dr Carter plans to move into a more advisory role working with NHS trusts. 

He was chief executive of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust before taking up his post at the RCN.  He started his career in the NHS by training as a psychiatric nurse. 

Dr Carter was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS in 2006 and will be replaced at the RCN by Janet Davies, who is moving from her role as the college’s executive director of nursing and service delivery. 

Ms Anim said: ‘[Dr Carter] will be missed and I wish him well in his future endeavours. 

‘I look forward to working with Janet Davies, in her new role as chief executive and general secretary, as we continue taking on the challenges facing the nursing profession.’

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