How we monitor approved education institutions

As part of our quality assurance (QA) process, we monitor approved education institutions (AEIs) and their practice learning partners to make sure that they continue to meet our standards.

New programme monitoring

All newly approved education providers and pre-registration programmes must go through an initial period of new programme monitoring.

Annual self-reporting

AEIs must submit an annual self-report to show how they, along with their practice learning partners, continue to meet our standards and requirements.

They also need to let us know how they’re addressing and managing ongoing issues and concerns.

Data driven

We take a data-driven approach to quality assurance, as detailed in our new QA framework, which means we focus on aspects of nursing, nursing associate and midwifery education and training differently in the areas where greater risk lies. 

We have a process for identifying information about risks that we receive from other sources, such as members of the public, nurses and midwives, students and other professional and system regulators.

We also work closely with other professional and system regulators to identify risks early, rather than waiting for a serious risk or event to occur.

Exceptional reports

AEIs and their practice learning partners must respond swiftly to manage and control risks appropriately as soon as they emerge.

They must report any risks to us by making an exceptional report.

We’ll take action when these risks are not being effectively managed and controlled locally.

Enhanced scrutiny

As part of our new data-driven approach to quality assurance, we may place education providers and programmes under enhanced scrutiny, if we’ve identified potential concerns.

Extraordinary reviews

In some cases, we might need to carry out an extraordinary review of an AEI and/or practice learning partner.

This could be after an incident that presents a risk to public protection, the student learning environment or when an AEI is seen to be either unaware of an incident or not to have effectively managed its risks. 

Previous monitoring reviews

We held monitoring reviews under our pre-2018 QA framework to check that AEIs and their programmes continued to meet our standards.

View the results of pre-2017/18 monitoring reviews.