The response has been tremendous
Over 3,700 people shared their thoughts through our online consultation.
And nearly 600 people tweeted us using #futureNMC
Nearly 400 people attended our 12 workshops across the UK over the past two months. We met a variety of people and discussed some of the pressing issues facing health and social care and how the NMC could play its part in addressing them.
What you told us to focus on over the next five years
Ensure that nurses working in social care and smaller organisations are as well represented by standards and policy as those working for the NHS and larger organisations.
NMC should be a much stronger and visible voice for nurses and midwives in these very pressurised, stressful and traumatic times in health care provision… [I] accept the NMC is not a union, but as our regulator the NMC should be voicing concern about the system and the risk this poses for NMC staff to adhere to and practice the standards to deliver the excellent care they want to give.
Ensure there is consistency in the educational content of both pre and post registration courses to assure both nurses and the public and employers are confident of the skills and competence of the practitioners.
Be open and transparent if there is a failing and demonstrate how the nurse or midwife has learnt from it, by providing an evidence base to substantiate that positive learning has taken place.
Some common threads emerged
- Our professions are committed to giving good care and they are worried about workforce shortages compromising standards of care
- Our registrants and the public want to see the NMC do more to influence the environment for care – for example, making sure registrants have time and resources for career-long learning
- There is lots of interest in us analysing and sharing what we know about nursing and midwifery education and practice
- People who interact with us want us to be efficient, responsive, fair, and kind.
What's happened already?
Your feedback reinforced some things we already knew so we're getting on with making some important changes. For instance we've now launched an independent, confidential and free support service for nurses, midwives and nursing associates involved in fitness to practise, because we know how stressful it can be. We have also appointed Dr David Foster OBE to chair a steering group reviewing our post-registration standards for nurses and midwives.
So what happens next?
Everything we have heard through the consultation and at our events is being captured and analysed. We are indebted to you for sharing your time and expertise, which will help us to identify the right priorities.
We'll finalise our strategic aims for the next five years and then write the first draft of our new strategy. This will be shared with our Council for approval in March 2020 and the strategy will be launched in April 2020.
To keep in touch with our progress and next steps follow us on Twitter #futureNMC.