NMC releases new data on EU nurses and midwives

12 June 2017

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today released new figures relating to EU trained nurses and midwives.

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council said:

“Earlier this year we released figures which showed the number of EU trained nurses and midwives joining our register was reducing. At the same time, figures also showed the number of EU trained nurses and midwives leaving our register was increasing.

“Latest figures for April and May 2017 show that these trends have continued, however, it is still too early to say definitively that this is due to any one reason. It is more likely that a combination of factors are at play including the recent introduction of English language controls and the uncertainty about the effect of Brexit on individual nurses.

“As a result, we will be shortly undertaking research to help us better understand the reasons why these nurses and midwives are choosing to leave our register.”


Notes for editors

  1. For media enquiries, please contact NMC press office on 020 7681 5409 or email media@nmc-uk.org.
  2. 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.