Our role

What we do

We regulate nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We exist to protect the public. We set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality healthcare throughout their careers.

We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards. We have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards. We maintain a register of nurses and midwives allowed to practise in the UK.

We are not responsible for:

• regulating hospitals or other healthcare settings
• regulating healthcare assistants
• representing or campaigning on behalf of nurses and midwives, or
• setting levels of staffing.

Our values and mission

Our strategy

Our corporate plans

Our role in midwifery regulation

Protecting the public