Who does the NMC regulate?
By Paul Hayward
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the regulator for nursing and midwifery in the UK. But what is NMC registration? It maintains a register of all nurses, midwives, specialist community public health nurses and nursing associates who practice in the UK. It works to ensure staff in these professions have the skills to deliver consistent, quality care that keeps patients safe.
It supports professionals to acquire the knowledge and behaviours required to join the NMC register, whilst also shaping practice by developing and promoting standards with its NMC Code. The Code is structured around four themes; prioritise people, practice effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust. It’s not just a tool to support professional development but should be used to guide daily practice for all nurses and midwives.
The NMC also follows up on serious concerns raised about a nurses, midwives, or nursing associates fitness to practice. It will investigate the situation, and if needed, take action.
The NMC’s 2020-2025 strategy is based around three key roles that underpin their purpose:
Regulate: It upholds high standards, maintains the register of professionals who are eligible to practice in the UK and will step in on rare occasions when care goes wrong.
Support: To ensure it regulates as progressively as possible, the NMC proactively supports its professions, allowing a balance between investigating rare cases of poor practice and promoting excellent practice.
Influence: Regulating and supporting its professions puts the NMC is a unique position to influence the development of health and social care policies and drive improvement across the sectors.
Joining the register
If you have a nursing degree, and a minimum of six months’ experience (within the last two years), there are a few different ways to register with the NMC. This depends on which part of the register you want to join (either as a nurse or midwife, or as a nursing associate) and where you trained. Here’s some additional information on joining the NMC register.
To find out more about the NMC and how it regulates the nursing and midwifery professions in the UK, get in touch with Paul Hayward, our Head of Nursing (International).