How we regulate the nursing associate profession
We became the legal regulator for nursing associates in England in July 2018.
The nursing associate part of our register opened on 28 January 2019.
What being the nursing associate regulator means
- set standards of proficiency for nursing associates - nursing associates must meet these standards to join and remain on our register
- set standards for pre-registration nursing associate programmes - we approve and monitor programmes against these standards
Now the nursing associate part of our register is open, we can:
- begin accepting people onto the register to enable them to practise as nursing associates in England
- investigate concerns about a registered nursing associate's conduct or practice and take action, if needed, to improve care and keep the public safe.
How we got here
At the end of 2016 the Secretary of State for Health asked us to regulate nursing associates in England and our Council agreed to this request on 25 January 2017.
Between 9 April and 2 July 2018, we consulted on our proposed approach to the regulation of nursing associates.
This followed an earlier consultation on the proposed fees for nursing associates.
We used this feedback to refine our standards and approach to regulating nursing associates. These were approved by our Council in September 2018.