Approved education institution monitoring results
How the process works
Reviewing and monitoring
Quality assurance of approved programmes is carried out by Mott MacDonald in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Quality assurance includes approval, self assessment and review.
Approval includes initial approval and reapproval of all programmes of nursing and midwifery education that lead to registration with us. We also approve mentor and practice teacher programmes that do not lead to recordable qualifications.
To request approval of a programme, approved education institutions (AEIs) will need to demonstrate how the programme meets our standards. An approval team is selected with due regard for the particular programme. Members of the team may be drawn from education and practice settings.
AEIs should make timely requests for approval and reapproval. They should request approval only when they believe a programme is ready.
Self assessment and review
Through the review process we can be assured that AEIs meet our standards for their programmes. The review takes into account an AEI’s annual self assessment report and information from other sources. We will publish a schedule of planned review visits and every year it will include a sample of AEIs selected due to risk.
Review teams will consist of a managing reviewer, registrant reviewers and a lay member. Registrant (nurse or midwife) reviewers will have due regard for the programme and may come from education and practice settings.
More information about the annual monitoring results and AEIs monitoring reports can be found below.
Approved education institution review visits for 2015–2016
This year we announced the approved education institutions (AEIs) for selection six weeks in advance of the planned monitoring visit. Each AEI received a letter outlining the decision that led to their selection and the programmes that will be monitored. 16 AEIs were chosen to receive monitoring visits for 2015–2015 as part of our quality assurance framework for education.
The AEIs visited were:
- University of Bedfordshire
- University of Birmingham
- Bolton University
- University of Bournemouth
- Brunel University
- University of Brighton
- University of Edinburgh
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of Huddersfield
- University of Leeds
- University of Northampton
- Queens University Belfast
- Sheffield Hallam University
- University of South Wales
- University of Worcester
Each AEI was selected as part of both a routine rolling monitoring and through a risk based selection process. The information on risk comes from different sources including self-reports by AEIs, reports by systems regulators and members of the public as well as existing QA information gathered by us. The monitoring visits enable us to be assured that each AEI meets our standards and that processes are in place to manage risk effectively.
Local supervising authority review visits for 2015–2016
Two local supervising authorities (LSAs) were chosen to receive monitoring visits for 2015–2016 as part of our quality assurance framework for education and LSAs.
The LSAs (or LSA consortiums or geographic areas) that were visited during 2015–2016 are:
- Cumbria, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber
- North West
The LSAs chosen to receive visits were selected through a risk based selection process. The information on risk comes from different sources including reports by systems regulators on specific practice settings, members of the public as well as existing QA intelligence gathered by us. The monitoring visits assure us that the local supervision of midwives meets our rules and standards and that the processes in place to manage risk are effective in protecting women and babies.
Results of annual monitoring
Endorsement is the process of approving the delivery of a UK approved education institution’s programme outside the UK. This is currently limited by our Council’s decision to the offshore islands (Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey). Endorsed programmes are monitored through their host AEI.
How we manage modifications to an AEI's programme depends on the extent of the changes. This is explained in detail in the Mott MacDonald QA handbook.
Read more about the process in the QA handbook on the Mott MacDonald website.