NMC response to HEE nursing associate consultation findings
Published on 26 May 2016
We respond to HEE consultation findings on proposed nursing associate role
Health Education England today released findings from their consultation on the proposed role of nursing associate.
NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said:
"We welcome Health Education England’s response to the consultation Building capacity to care and capability to treat - a new team member for health and social care.
"We note that the response suggests a high degree of interest in the potential for such a role but that there is still some way to go in bringing definition to the role.
"We also note the strong support in principle for the NMC to regulate the new role. We believe a final decision about regulation needs to be based on an evaluation of the proposed scope of practice for nursing associates, however, it is extremely positive that respondents clearly value independent regulatory standards.
"These proposals must now be further developed to ensure that the role has the rigour to attract public confidence, whilst staying mindful that, if regulation by the NMC is desired, we have a UK wide regulatory framework."
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