Peter Carter was CEO of the Royal College of Nursing from January 2007 to August 2015. Prior to that he was CEO of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust for 12 years.
Peter is a registered mental health and general nurse.
Peter is a graduate of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He has a Masters Degree and PhD from the University of Birmingham. He is a visiting Professor at 4 Universities and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and an Ad Eundem Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.
One of the things he is most proud of was his membership of the Crown Commission into non-medical prescribing whose recommendations the Westminster Government accepted. This led the way to nurse prescribing.
During his time at the RCN Peter reshaped the organisation and membership rose from 300,000 to 430,000. The College also achieved recognition in the Sunday Times top 100 companies to work for and achieved the gold award for Investors in people.
Peter has extensive media experience and has twice been interviewed for the BBC programme Hardtalk.
He has written for most of the national newspapers and journals and has contributed chapters to a number of books.
He is now an Independent Healthcare Consultant. Since leaving the RCN he has worked across the UK and internationally he has worked in ten countries. He has twice been asked by the NHSi in England to be the interim Chairman of two NHS Trusts that were in serious difficulties. From November 2016 to March 20017 he was the Chairman of the Medway NHS Trust and from October 2017 to February 2018 Chairman of the East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
When not working his interests are Music, sport, cycling, literature, and politics and is a qualified SCUBA diver
He was awarded the OBE in 2006.