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Claire McLaughlan


RCVS Council member, Claire McLaughlanClaire is an independent consultant undertaking a portfolio of assignments in the NHS and private health sectors. Most of Claire's work is concerned with individual and team performance management; she provides advice, support and action planning and undertakes investigations, reviews and inquiries.

Claire originally trained and worked as a nursing officer in the Royal Navy specialising in intensive care and health professional education. A change in direction saw Claire studying law and qualifying as a barrister. She was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 2005.

Claire then became Head of Fitness to Practise at the Nursing and Midwifery Council before she moved to the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) becoming, most latterly, an Associate Director. At NCAS Claire developed her ongoing interest in performance management and individual remediation, re-skilling and rehabilitation and the dynamics, culture and communication within teams.

As well as her independent work Claire is a member for NHS England's Performance Advisory Groups and a Chair for NHS England's Performers List Decision making panels. She is also an Invited Review panellist for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Council Member category

  • Appointed lay member: 2018 - 2026

Committee membership

  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Standards Committee
  • Council Culture Working Group
  • Statutory Membership Examination Board

Declaration of interests


C C McLaughlan Associates Ltd, Director

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives



NHS England, Chair of Performance List Decision Panels, Member of Performance Advisory Groups

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Invited Review Panellist

Appointments to other bodies

Andover District Scouts Council, District Secretary and Trustee

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations



  • National Clinical Assessment Service
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
  • Open University

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Registered Nurse (1983-2016)
  • Recorded Nurse Teacher (1998-2016)
  • MA (Health Professional Education) 1998
  • LLB (Hons) 2004
  • Bar Vocational Course and called to the Bar in 2005

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


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