How we monitor 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.

Self-assessment reports

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.

Identifying risks

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

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.

Responding to risks

AEIs need to report to us any risks that may affect compliance with our standards. We expect them to manage and control these risks appropriately and quickly.

We have a process for identifying, analysing and responding to information about risks that we receive from other sources including members of the public, patients, nurses and midwives, students, the media and organisations including other professional and system regulators.

Risks identified by other regulators that may affect compliance with our standards should be ‘exceptionally reported’. This could include inspections that have generated adverse findings resulting in risk summits, reports and complaints about patient safety, the delivery of a service and practice learning environments.

If you’re an AEI or a regulator and want to make an exceptional report, you should email with the following information:

  • a brief description of the risk
  • immediate actions taken
  • who is responsible for the risk and planned actions
  • additional support mechanisms planned or in place

If the risk is within a practice learning environment and that environment is shared with other AEIs, the information will be shared where appropriate.

We’ll acknowledge and respond to exceptional reporting within two working days.

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, 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.