Regulation for nursing associates moves a step closer

30 April 2018

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has welcomed the Department of Health and Social Care’s response to its consultation, Regulation of Nursing Associates in England.

The response signals the Department’s intention to move forward with changes to the NMC’s legislation to make it the regulator in law for the new nursing associate role.

Jackie Smith Chief Executive and Registrar said: “Since our Council agreed to become the regulator for nursing associates we’ve been working hard to make sure everything is ready to welcome the first nursing associates on to our register in January 2019.

“It’s clear that there’s widespread support for the proposed approach to regulation and while there’s still more work to be done, today is an important landmark.

“It’s critical that the Government now push forward with these changes to enable us to open the nursing associate part of the register on time.”


In April the NMC launched its consultation on the standards for nursing associates as well as its approach to the Code, fitness to practise and revalidation.

Read the Government's consultation response.


Notes for editors

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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.