NMC responds to Health Education England's consultation on proposed nursing associate role

28 January 2016

Responding to the launch of Building capacity to care and capability to treat - a new team member for health and social care, Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“We welcome this consultation, and will be responding fully. The introduction of the role provisionally known as the nursing associate is a highly significant development for the nursing profession.

“We are particularly interested in the consultation questions that deal with the education and regulation of the new role. While it is for the government to decide how nursing associates would enter the workforce, the specifics of their role and whether they should be regulated, it will be vital that the role has the rigour to attract public confidence.

“We look forward to continuing our close engagement with the government and Health Education England on the development of the new role.”

 

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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.

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