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NMC signs new joint agreement to share concerns

NMC and seven other health and social care regulators sign Emerging concerns protocol to help share concerns more effectively

The Emerging concerns protocol is a new joint agreement which aims to make it easier for regulators to share information about potential risks to patients, families and professionals.

This will help us identify areas of concern sooner, so that we can work together to address them.

The protocol helps make regulators more transparent about the way that we all work together.

How might the protocol might be used?

In a possible scenario, a doctor tells the General Medical Council (GMC) that they have concerns about the quality of surgical equipment used by their employer. They say their surgical packs are often incomplete and contain instruments that fall apart during surgery.

This issue put patients, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals at risk.

Under the new emerging concerns protocol, the GMC and CQC are able to create a panel made up of staff from all the relevant regulators.

Using information gathered by the NMC and other regulators, CQC is able to take swift action against the employer. This protects patients, doctors and nurses from further risk.

Read the full statement 

View the Emerging concerns protocol


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