Peter Carter (nurse)

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Peter Carter in September 2009

Peter Carter, OBE, was the general secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing[1][2]


Peter Carter trained for six years as a psychiatric nurse at Hill End Hospital in St Albans, then worked at the then regional adolescent unit at Hill End Hospital, undertaking further training in family therapy and crisis intervention. Carter is also a general nurse and trained at St Albans City Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London, and held clinical and managerial posts in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.

He started his managerial education at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and got an MBA and PhD from the University of Birmingham.[citation needed] He spent almost twelve years as the Chief Executive of the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust, and in January 2007 became general secretary and Chief Executive for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

In July 2013, Carter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edge Hill University.[3] He was awarded the OBE for services to the National Health Service (NHS) in the 2006 New Year's Honours list.

Royal College of Nursing[edit]

Carter succeeded Beverly Malone as General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing in January 2007. Since becoming the general secretary and Chief Executive of the RCN, Peter Carter has restructured his top team and re-focused the organisation to address outstanding issues and the ongoing reforms of the NHS. Under his leadership, the RCN has established itself as a leading voice on nursing and health in the UK political arena. He was said by the Health Service Journal to be the 28th most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013.[4]

The RCN has won numerous[peacock term] awards under his leadership as an exemplar employer obtaining Gold award from Investors in People and since 2010 being in the Sunday Times top 100 companies. At the time of leaving the RCN in 2015 the RCN membership had reached its highest membership of over 430,000.

Notable moments[edit]

In 2010 Peter assumed the position of Honorary Colonel to 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital in Cardiff. The Hospital has deployed on Operations as a formed unit in 2008 to Afghanistan, additionally many of its personnel have seen active service on Operations in the Balkans and Iraq. Dr Carter is a keen supporter of Military Nursing and has hosted Tri-service events at Cavendish Square. In conjunction with his support of Military Nursing Peter visited Basra, Iraq in 2007 at the height of the conflict and in 2011 spent a week in Afghanistan where he visited troops, nurses and medical personnel in a number of locations. .

In 2011 Peter was awarded the inaugural presidents medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

He has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates. Universities of Edge Hill and Hertfordshire in 2013 and in 2014 from the University of South wales.

He has given numerous TV and radio interviews and is a regular contributor to newspapers and professional journals. He has twice been the subject of BBC series "Hard Talk"


  1. ^ "Dr Peter Carter to leave". RCN. 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  2. ^ "Janet Davies takes over as RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary". RCN. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Top Nurse Given Honorary Award - News". 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  4. ^ "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.