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What we have done in the last five years 

  • Completed a first cycle of revalidation for everyone on our register, commissioning an evaluation to assess the impact and inform next steps.

  • Introduced the regulation of nursing associates, in England. Our new nursing associate part of the register opened at the end of January 2019 and by the end of June, over 1,000 people had registered as nursing associates.

  • Published new outcome-based standards for nurses and nursing associates, with new standards for midwives in development, which seek to equip people on our register with the knowledge, skills and values that they will need for future practice and allow more diverse placement opportunities.

  • Developed new return to practise standards that allow people to return more easily after a career break.

  • Introduced a new strategic approach to fitness to practise which encourages local action where practicable, facilitates early engagement and takes better care of everyone involved in cases. This is already reducing the need for cases to progress to a final hearing.

  • Our new Public support service is helping us to make sure people involved in cases have the practical and emotional support they need and can contribute feedback to improve our work.

  •  Improved our approach to the registration of people trained overseas, in response to applicant and employer feedback. Our most recent registration data shows that the overall size of the register has grown since March last year – up by around 8,000. This has been driven, in part, by a rise in the number of people from outside the European Economic Area joining our register following the changes we made to streamline our system and better support applicants through the process.