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NMC Responds to ‘Nursing Associate’ Role

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council have made it clear that the new routes into the Nursing profession must have the same “robust approach” as the current degree. 

Commenting on the announcement of the introduction of a new role of nursing associate, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith, said (1):

“The introduction of this new role is an important development for the nursing profession and as the regulator for nursing and midwifery we will be carefully considering our role moving forward.

“The starting point for any new role in healthcare has to be its contribution to improving patient safety and quality and as such there will be some important considerations, including whether nursing associates should be regulated.

“It is for the government to determine the policy position in discussion with others, but while we are supportive of widening access into the nursing profession, it will be important that any new routes into the profession have the same robust approach that the existing university degree route provides. As the Minister rightly points out, an apprenticeship in nursing as a route to eventual registered nurse status must ‘have complete equality of both esteem and rigour’ as a degree.

“We will be responding fully to the consultation and look forward to continuing to work closely with the government and Health Education England on this important issue.”

Because the NMC sets the criteria for the registration of new Nurses they are in a fantastic position to help ensure the education undertaken in the alternative routes into nursing is of the same standard of those using the traditional routes.

Currently under consultation the specifics of the role have yet to be outlined but many Nurses have called the new Nursing Associates to hold a registration with either the NMC or Health Professionals Council and have professional accountability for the actions or decisions they make.

You can take part in the consultation by completing this online survey or by downloading a survey response form and emailing it to [email protected].

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NMC says Nurses must accept concerns about their practice

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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.

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NMC Chief gets £20,000 pay rise to bring pay into “alignment”

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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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