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NMC agrees to regulate new nursing associate role

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has formally agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role.

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar of the NMC, said: ‘After a thoughtful and thorough discussion, the NMC’s council has agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role.

‘The Council recognised that there is strong support for the regulation of nursing associates and I have always maintained that the public would expect any role with “nursing” in the title to be regulated.

‘As an organisation we are well equipped to regulate nursing associates and this is a positive endorsement of our progress. We will continue to work closely with stakeholders including the Department of Health and Health Education England to ensure the successful development and implementation of this new role.’

Health minister, Philip Dunne, commented: ‘Robust professional regulation is important, so patients can continue to be confident they are receiving high quality care and I am delighted with today’s decision by the NMC.

‘The introduction of the nursing associate role is key to strengthening the future NHS workforce and we look forward to working with them and other key stakeholders to ensure that appropriate safeguards are put in place for this new profession.’

Find out more about the nursing associate role here


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