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NMC announces extraordinary review visit to Guernsey

6 October 2014

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates nurses and midwives in order to protect the public. It sets standards for the supervision of midwives and the local supervising authority. 

The NMC has recently been made aware of issues around the supervision of midwives in Guernsey by the Local Supervising Authority. It commissioned an extraordinary review visit to the island, which took place between 1–3 October 2014. 

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: 

“We were deeply concerned by reports we received about the quality of supervision of midwives in Guernsey and what affect that may have had on public safety. We commissioned an extraordinary review to seek assurances around the supervision of midwives and assess whether there are sufficient mechanisms in place for protecting the safety of patients. 

“We are continuing to work closely with Guernsey’s Health and Social Services Department in order to protect the public”.

 

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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.   The review will focus on compliance with the Midwives rules and standards (2012) and will be conducted in line with our quality assurance framework.

3.   For media enquiries, please contact Ann Brown at media@nmc-uk.org or on 020 7681 5649.