2017–2018 NMC Annual Report and Accounts and FtP Annual Report published

Annual Report and Accounts and Fitness to Practise Annual Report for 2017-2018.

We have today published our Annual Report and Accounts and Fitness to Practise Annual Report for 2017-2018. 

During 2017-2018 we’ve made significant progress in a number of areas, but we know there is much more we need to do. Particularly in terms of the way we treat those we come into contact with.

During 2017-2018 we have:

  • Seen over 200,000 nurses and midwives successfully revalidate - meaning two thirds of our register have now gone through the process.
  • Introduced more flexibility for nurses and midwives trained outside the EU to show that they meet our standards including new ways for them to demonstrate their English language competence.
  • Embedded recent changes to our fitness to practise legislation, including new powers for our case examiners to issue warnings, agree extra training with nurses and midwives and give advice. This saved around £2.8 million in hearing costs.
  • Developed a new approach to dealing with complaints about nurses and midwives that encourages openness and learning and puts people at the core of our work.
  • Developed ambitious new education standards for nurses and nursing and midwifery education and embarked on a programme of work, led by Professor Mary Renfrew to develop new proficiency standards for the future midwife.

Keys stats

  • Completed 97.9 percent of UK registration applications within 10 days.
  • Completed 98.5 percent of EU/overseas registration applications within 60 days.
  • We received 5,509 new concerns about nurses and midwives, around 1 percent more than last year. This represents about eight referrals for every 1,000 nurses and midwives.
  • We resolved 81 percent of cases within 15 months, slightly exceeding our target of 80 percent.
  • 95 percent of new concerns related to nurses and five percent to midwives – this reflects the proportion of nurses and midwives on the register.
  • We did not see any change in the number of midwives referred to us following the removal of statutory supervision of midwives in March 2017.
  • We concluded 56 percent of new cases after an initial assessment because they didn’t require action from us.
  • Of the 2,112 investigations related to nurses which concluded in the year, Case Examiners referred 37 percent to a hearing, closed 57 percent with no further action, and closed a further six percent using their new powers to agree undertakings and to issue warnings and advice.
  • We concluded 1,207 cases at a final hearing or meeting 52 percent of these resulted in a nurse or midwife being suspended from or struck off the register. In 23 percent of cases, the nurse or midwife’s practice was found not to be impaired.

In 2018-2019 we are:

  • Taking forward a programme of work to change and improve our transparency and the way we communicate with those we come into contact with. This follows the publication of the PSA’s lessons learned review and the Report of the Gosport Independent Enquiry Panel.
  • Continuing to develop and embed our new approach to resolving complaints about nurses and midwives.
  • Preparing to open a new part of the register for nursing associates in England.
  • Continuing our review our overseas registration processes.
  • Progressing our work on standards for the future midwife.

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