NMC publish Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report

Published on 05 February 2018

Overview of improvements and findings for 2016-17.

Our sixth annual Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Annual Report presents our current diversity data and reviews our performance against our strategic aims during 2016-2017.

The report highlights that we have created a new EDI framework and are developing action plans, aligned to our 2015-2020 strategy, It also set out how we have a significantly improved data around the diversity of nurses and midwives on our register.

We also have more female staff on higher pay grades than most FTSE companies, government bodies or charities. During 2016-2017, 83 per cent of directors at the NMC were female.

Some of the progress we’ve made includes:

  • Improving the diversity data we hold about nurses and midwives, partly through our expansion of NMC online, which has allowed us to gain a richer picture about the makeup of diversity on our register.
  • Publishing research into the experiences and outcomes for BME (black and minority ethnic) nurses and midwives going through the Fitness to Practise (FtP) process.
  • Continued compliance with our Welsh language scheme, and engaging with the Welsh government about proposed new Welsh language standards.

Other notable findings of the report include:

  • Some significant differences in the gender balance between the professions, for example 11.5 per cent of nurses were male compared with 0.3 per cent of midwives.
  • Over this time period, 11.5 per cent of the new concerns raised to the NMC were about black African nurses and midwives. Black African nurses and midwives account for 5.3 per cent of nurses and midwives on the register.

Read the full report


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