2016-2017 Annual Report and Accounts and FtP Annual Report published

The NMC today published its Annual Report and Accounts and Fitness to Practise Annual Report for the year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said:

“These reports mark another successful and productive year for us and highlight the substantial amount of positive work the NMC has undertaken.

“The first year of revalidation has been a huge success with over 200,000 nurses and midwives successfully renewing their registration. Early indications show it has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on nurses and midwives – improving their knowledge and bringing the Code to life and we continue to receive extremely positive feedback on the process.

 “In December 2016 we also received our most positive review to date from the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The review recognised the significant progress we have made as an organisation and praised us for our introduction of revalidation and the improvements we have made to our fitness to practise function.

 “As an organisation we will continue to build on the landmark achievements of this year and continue to push for crucial changes to our regulatory framework which will allow us to become a more efficient and modern regulator, better equipped to protect the public.”

In the past year the NMC has:

  • Seen more than 200,000 nurses and midwives successfully revalidate within the first year of this new process.
  • Completed 98.2 percent of UK registration applications within 10 days exceeding our target of 95 percent.
  • Completed 94 percent of EU/overseas registration applications within our target of 68 days.
  • Worked with nurses, midwives, educators, students, patients and the public to develop new proposed education standards.
  • Agreed to regulate nursing associates, a new role in England, after being asked by the government.
  • Worked with the Chief Nursing Officers across the four countries to make sure that the positive elements of midwifery supervision were kept when supervision was removed from our legislation.
  • Worked with the Government to agreed changes our legislation that set out how we can conclude fitness to practise cases. This means that from July 28 2017 case examiners will get new powers that will make fitness to practise more proportionate and efficient.

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 Notes for editors

1 See the full Annual Report and Accounts for the year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 here.

2 See the full Fitness to Practise Annual Report for the year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 here.

3 For media enquiries, please contact NMC press office on 020 7681 5409 or email media@nmc-uk.org.

4 The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK. We exist to protect the public. We do this by maintaining the register of qualified nurses and midwives and setting standards of education, training, conduct and performance. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. If concerns are raised about the standards of a registered nurse or midwife, we have a duty to investigate and, where necessary, take action to protect the public.