Nurses and Midwives now have a flexible way of paying their annual registration fee, as the NMC introduces a new payment by instalment option.
The payment by instalment option was launched today after feedback from nurses and midwives showed a more flexible payment system was needed. Nurses and midwives can choose to pay their £120 annual registration fee by quarterly direct debit payments of £30.
This comes as good news to healthcare professionals who have found themselves in financial difficulty resulting in failure to pay the large amount in a single lump sum. Care is advised however that direct debits are paid on time, failure to ensure your NMC registration fee is up to date may result in the suspension of your registration.
“We are delighted to launch this new payment option, which will give greater flexibility to nurses and midwives when they pay their annual fee” – Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar.
Switching from an annual payment or newly signing up to quarterly payments by instalment is available through an NMC Online account, using Direct Debit.
More information can be found on Paying your fee.
NMC says Nurses must accept concerns about their practice
Legislative changes designed to speed up fitness-to-practice (FtP) cases will only work if Nurses accept concerns about their practice.
Controversial changes including a new measure that will allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council to issue ‘public warnings’ against registrants who have breached professional standards came into force this week, be able to offer informal advise to Nurses for less severe cases and agree restrictions on practice with registrants directly.
The reforms will enable case examiners to resolve issues earlier on in the FtP process and will mean the NMC will only have to take the most serious cases to a full hearing but the NMC boss says this can only happen in Nurses accept concerns about their practice earlier in the process.
This years financial report shows noted a significantly higher spending on fitness to practices cases and part of the new process is to minimise this spending.
Several concerns have been raised that the new system may result in over-use of warnings and the fact they may disadvantage staff when applying for employment.
NMC Chief gets £20,000 pay rise to bring pay into “alignment”
Jackie Smith, the chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council received a £20,000 pay rise this year.
The Nursing and Midwifery Councils financial reports reveal that its CEO and Registrar, Jackie Smith, received a pay rise of around £20,000 bringing her total basic salary to £192,850 for 2016-2017.
However, Ms Smith final remuneration is expected to be significantly more due to pension benefits and annual leave reimbursements.
In a report from the NMC, the regulator said the pay increase for its chief executive followed a review of its senior salary structure.
The report, which is created by the NMC’s remuneration committee, compares the pay of its own executives with those in similar roles.
In total, the NMC’s executive team was paid £1.2m in 2016-2017.
The report went on to state that the NMC has maintained financial stability and noted a significantly higher spending on fitness to practices cases.
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