Employers' responsibility

How our role in investigating and dealing with complaints is different from that of employers

Our role and employers’ responsibilities

The responsibility for dealing with lack of competence is shared between employers, the NMC, and individual nurses, midwives and nursing associates. We each have a duty to ensure that employees are competent and remain competent.

To protect the health and wellbeing of the public, employers should follow certain procedures during the recruitment process and throughout a nurse or midwife’s employment.

Our role is not to punish people for misdemeanours.

We are here to protect the public from nurses, midwives and nursing associates whose fitness to practise is impaired, and whose situation cannot be managed locally. We're the only body which has powers to stop nurses, midwives and nursing associates practising if they present a risk to the public.

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