The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – which regulates nurses and midwives - has launched a consultation seeking views on its proposed approach to the regulation of nursing associates. This new nursing support role, created to bridge the gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses, will work across all health and social care settings.
As part of its proposals, the regulator has outlined the skills and knowledge that nursing associates will need to join the register and deliver first class care. The NMC has also set out how it expects the existing Code - with a new introduction - to apply to nursing associates as well as nurses and midwives, ensuring that the same high standards of professional behaviour and conduct will apply to everyone on its register. Jackie Smith Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC said: “This is a hugely exciting step on the road to regulation for this new profession and we want to hear the views of all those with an interest in the role.
“We think that our proposals will ensure that nursing associates are equipped with the skills they need to deliver excellent patient care and to support registered nurses and other health and care professionals throughout their careers.”
Over the coming weeks the NMC will be holding workshops for trainees, registered nurses, employers, patients and the public. There will also be regular Twitter chats and webinars with lots of opportunities for people to learn more about what regulation means for the new role and share their views. Please visit the NMC’s website for further details and to sign up to events.
The nursing associate consultation on the regulation of a new role will run until 2 July 2018.