As society and nursing and midwifery practice have changed, our legislation, written in 2001, has failed to keep pace.

As the independent regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England, it’s vital we have the tools available to support the professionals who are at the core of the UK’s health and care services.  

With more modern, flexible legislation we can do more to protect the public

With regulatory reform, we’ll:

  • Have a clearer register that’s easier to understand
  • Act more rapidly to protect the public if someone can’t meet the required standards of proficiency and conduct
  • Drive improvements in education by quality assuring education more effectively and proportionately
  • Support partners with information and data to aid strategic workforce planning.

We’ll deliver these changes collaboratively, working across the entire organisation and with our partners to benefit of the people on our register and the public we serve.

Our Executive Director of Strategy and Insight, Matthew McClelland, explains why the proposed changes will allow us to do more to make care safer across the UK.

The benefits of regulatory reform