Council governance

How our Council works

The Council is our governing body. It sets our strategic direction and holds the Executive to account. Council members are also the charity trustees.

Council meetings

The Council is committed to openness and transparency and holds meetings in public at least six times a year. Anyone is welcome to observe a Council meeting

The Chair of the Council presides at the meeting, which usually includes issues ranging from our regulatory role to scrutiny of our performance and finances. A meeting may include important matters that only the Council can decide, as well as issues for discussion or information. The Council members discuss items and give their views.

View dates of scheduled Council meetings.

Standing Orders

The Nursing and Midwifery Council Standing Orders (the Standing Orders) set out the procedures the Council and its committees use when they conduct business.

They make sure that the Council has the information it needs to make decisions and provide assurance that senior staff are implementing the Council's decisions effectively. They also mean that our governance processes are consistent.

They also set out the membership and remit of the committees of the Council.

The terms of reference for each of the committees can be found in Appendix 2 of the Standing Orders.

Scheme of delegation

The Scheme of Delegation is intended to allow the efficient and effective functioning of the NMC.

It specifies when decisions should be taken on important matters. It also sets out which decisions should be made by the Council, the Chair of Council, the Chief Executive and Registrar, or the constituted committees of Council.

The Council has approved financial regulations which ensure that high standards of financial integrity are maintained at all times and provide high level principles that guide planning and managing the NMC’s finances and the proper use of resources and stewardship of assets.

Code of conduct for members

All members adhere to a code of conduct.

This code sets out the standards that Council members should meet based on the Seven Principles of Public Life (the ‘Nolan principles’).


Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.


Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.


In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.


Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.


Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.


Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.


Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Supporting good governance

The below documents set out our approach to governance:

Code of conduct for Council members 

Code of conduct for Associates

Council travel, accommodation and expenses policy

Managing interests policy for Council members and Associates

Managing interests policy for members of the Executive

Managing interests policy for partner members