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Janet Finch: Why 2018 is an important year for the NMC

With changes to legislation, an overhaul of education standards and the decision to regulate the nursing associate role, 2017 was a busy year for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Its chair, Dame Janet Finch, looks forward to the year ahead.

With changes to legislation, an overhaul of education standards and the decision to regulate the nursing associate role, 2017 was a busy year for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Its chair, Dame Janet Finch, looks forward to the year ahead

Looking back on 2017, it was a tremendous year for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – we drove forward changes to our regulations and spearheaded a radical overhaul of our education standards for future nurses.

We began the year by agreeing to a request from health secretary Jeremy Hunt to become the regulator for nursing associates. Since then we have been working hard to put in place the full suite of regulation required before the first nursing associates, on programmes sponsored by Health Education England, qualify in early 2019.

As we moved into summer, we welcomed long-awaited changes that

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