A whistleblower claimed the organisation has failed to address “institutional racism” in its ranks for 15 years, warning this has allowed NMC staff “to go unchecked” when “applying guidance inconsistently based on their own discriminatory views”.
An investigation into the regulator is also ongoing with the Charity Commission.
Stamp out racism.
They give examples such as a Black nurse being forced to face a fitness-to-practice hearing over her response to a patient who was racially abusive, and NMC staff claiming they’re forced to “act like an English rose” to fit in.
Ijeoma Omambala KC has been appointed by the regulator to undertake two investigations. One into the way the NMC responded to concerns raised, and another into the fitness to practise cases highlighted in those concerns.
Omambala is a Barrister who specialises in employment law, industrial action, professional regulation, and public law.
According to Chambers.com, her experience in discrimination covers the whole range of protected characteristics and causes of action at first instance and appellate levels.
A third external investigation into the culture at the regulator will be undertaken supported by an internal advisory group of “diverse colleagues”.
In an extensive statement published on the NMC website today, Ms Sutcliffe reaffirmed her commitment “for the NMC to fully embed a safe and inclusive working environment”.
She wrote, “As Chief Executive and Registrar, I’m here to make a difference for people whose health and wellbeing rely on safe, kind and effective nursing and midwifery care. I want to support our professionals to provide that care, and to lead an inclusive, fair and values-driven employer.
There’s much more to do to instil full trust and confidence in us as we work toward this aim. We need to ask ourselves the hard questions, acting quickly and transparently where we need to improve.”
“I promise we’ll listen, learn and most importantly act, responding to the concerns with care, rigour and a commitment to keeping people safe. “