Annual reports and accounts and fitness to practise report 2013-2014 published

17 November 2014

The reports presented to Parliament reflect the previous financial year from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.  

 NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said:

“These reports reflect a year of substantial improvement for the NMC.

“In the last year, our Council approved the approach to develop revalidation. In addition, we strengthened our registration process for those joining the register who trained overseas and we have concluded all* 1,500 cases in our historic caseload. 

“We are currently working with stakeholders on our draft strategy which sets out our ambitions for the next few years. We are committed to ensuring our continued focus on the protection of the public and becoming a more effective and efficient regulator.”  

On 31 March 2014 there were: 

  • 680,858 nurses and midwives on the NMC register.
  • 79 approved education institutions and 999 approved education and training programmes. 

In the past year the NMC has: 

  • Exceeded its key performance indicator (KPI) to impose 80 percent of interim orders within 28 days of receiving a referral. Through the use of interim orders, the NMC can take urgent action to protect the public in the most serious cases. 
  • Completed investigations within 12 months in 87 percent of cases, against a KPI of 90 percent. The average time to complete investigations was 11 months.



Notes for editors

1.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to protect the public. We do this by ensuring that only those who meet our requirements are allowed to practise as a nurse or midwife in the UK. We take action if concerns are raised about whether a nurse or midwife is fit to practise.

2.   *Other than cases which we were unable to proceed due to circumstances beyond our control.

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