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What we do

Better and safer care for people is at the heart of what we do, supporting the healthcare professionals on our register to deliver the highest standards of care.

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We make sure nurses, midwives and nursing associate have the skills they need to care for people safely, with integrity, expertise, respect and compassion, from the moment they step into their first job.

This is part of our role as regulators of the nursing and midwifery professions. 

However we don't:

  • Regulate hospitals or other healthcare settings
  • Regulate healthcare assistants
  • Represent or campaign on behalf of the professionals on our register
  • Set levels of staffing

We believe learning doesn't stop the day nurses, midwives and nursing associates qualify.

To promote safety and public trust, we require professionals to demonstrate throughout their career that they are committed to learning and developing to keep their skills up to date and improve as practitioners.

We want to encourage openness and learning among healthcare professions to improve care and keep the public safe. On the occasions when something goes wrong and people are at risk, we can step in to investigate and take action, giving patients and families a voice as we do so.

Read more about:

Our values and mission

Our strategy

Our corporate plans

Our role in midwifery regulation

Our work in Fitness to practise