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NMC says it can’t Penalise Students for Walk-out #BursaryorBust

Nursing Notes



The NMC, have this morning, released a statement reassuring nursing and midwifery students that they can’t be penalised by the NMC for the proposed Walk-Out. 

NursingNotes contacted the NMC late last week to comment on the proposed Walk-out by students that is being planned for the 10th of February 2016.

An NMC spokesperson said “As students are not registered with us, we do not regulate them and do not play a role in penalising them for taking industrial action.

 “We do not prevent nurses and midwives from taking part in lawful industrial action. However, they have a duty to uphold the professional standards in the Code at all times.”

The NMC were asked to comment on the proposed bursary cuts but declined.

We encourage you however to use common sense when taking part in the proposed walk-out, being mindful of the NMC Code of Conduct and making your mentor aware of your involvement in advance. Finally you should contact your local Students’ Union or Union Rep for advise prior to taking action.

The NHS Bursary Cuts Forum calls student healthcare professionals to action: “As healthcare professionals it is our duty to stand up for our patients and to protect our NHS. We call on all of you to unite and stand with us for the 1 hour walk-out on the 10th of February. Healthcare students are the are the future, without the bursary we are at risk of losing these students. It is essential we show the government we will not stand for these cuts”.

This is good news for student healthcare professionals in the ongoing fight against the withdrawal of the NHS Student Bursary – which was announced by George Osbourne at the annual budget review in November 2015.


NMC says Nurses must accept concerns about their practice

Ian Snug



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”

Sarah J




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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