The regulator has announced numerous operational changes.
From today the NMC says it will “prioritise its core regulatory functions and ensure it continues to regulate nurses, midwives, and nursing associates effectively.”
- Extending the revalidation period for current registered nurses – giving staff an additional three months from their current revalidation application date to complete their application.
- Suspending all face-to-face Fitness to Practice (FtP) hearings with no new ones will be scheduled until further notice.
- Concentrating on getting new registrants onto the register quickly.
- Delaying reports on registration data.
Reviews of interim order and substantive orders will continue and the NMC will continue to accept FtP referrals.
The regular will also continue work with the Government on the creations of an emergency temporary register.
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “These are unprecedented times as the UK responds to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. The nurses, midwives and nursing associates on our register are at the heart of that response and are working under immense pressure. I am so grateful for their skill, expertise and care that is helping so many people across the health and social care system.
“The NMC will be affected by reductions in our capacity as our colleagues may be ill, have to self-isolate or care for others. It is therefore important that we prioritise the work we do to protect the public and promote public confidence in nursing and midwifery. We also need to recognise the impact of government guidance to minimise the spread of the virus and the incredible pressure people who work with us are under.
“That is why we have announced a package of measures that make clear what we will continue to do, stop or modify. This may change as the situation progresses and we will update the information on our Coronavirus Information Hub when we need to.”