Nursing and Midwifery Council responds to National Maternity Review report

23 February 2016

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today responded to the publication of the National Maternity Review report.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said:

“We welcome the publication today of NHS England’s Maternity Review, led by Baroness Cumberlege. We believe it will play an important part in the development of maternity services in the future, helping to transform care for women and babies.

“We agree with Baroness Cumberlege’s recommendation that student midwives should learn in multidisciplinary settings. In fact the NMC’s pre-registration education standards already make clear that we expect student midwives to work with other professions to enhance their own learning, enabling them to learn how to provide the best possible care for women and their families across all settings.”



Notes for editors

1.  The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to protect the public through the regulation of over 685,000 nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. As well as maintaining a register of nurses and midwives allowed to practise in the UK, we also set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality healthcare. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. Nurses and midwives must uphold our professional standards and we have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of these standards.

2.   For media enquiries, please contact Leila Harris-Ryberg, NMC media team, at or on 020 7681 5884.