NMC focuses on the future as PSA’s Annual review of performance is published

4 June 2018

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today welcomed the publication of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Annual review of performance 2016/17 which sees the NMC meeting 23 of the 24 standards of good regulation.

The annual assessment shows that the NMC is continuing to make good progress, however, it identifies that the regulator needs to improve the way it supports those involved in fitness to practise cases. This follows the publication of the PSA’s Lessons Learned review, published on 16 May.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith said:

“In the last year we’ve been working hard to protect the public, and this has been recognised today.
“But the report identifies that we need to improve the way we support those going through fitness to practise cases, echoing the findings of the PSA’s Lessons Learned review.

“We take the findings of both of these reviews extremely seriously. In recent years we have made significant improvements to the way we work but we know that there’s much more to do.

“We are committed to reaching out to the families who have lost loved ones or suffered in other ways in the Morecambe Bay cases. We will continue to build on the work of recent years as we change and improve to better support those involved in FtP cases.”

The NMC has decided that the Lessons Learned review needs to be given the significance it deserves and time to discuss in detail, and it will be the focus of the next NMC Council meeting, on 6 June. It is important that this is an open meeting and allows the public to contribute.


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Notes to Editors

  1. The PSA’s Lessons Learned review looked at the NMC’s handling of the Morecambe Bay fitness to practise cases.
  2.  If you are a member of the press please register your interest in attending the upcoming Council meeting with the media team at media@nmc-uk.org
  3. 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.