Voices - Janet Finch says the regulator has progressed, but it can still do more

Over the past few years, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has committed itself to the challenge of improvement and we have intensified our efforts to make positive changes across all functions.

In June 2014, NMC Online was introduced to simplify how nurses and midwives manage their registration, and we have now supported more than 300,000 registrants through this system. Every nurse and midwife will need an online account ahead of the expected introduction of revalidation in October, so if you have not yet signed up to NMC Online, don’t delay.

Last month, we were pleased to see acknowledgement from the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) that we have made significant improvements in several areas. The authority praised work we undertook in 2014/15, including meeting our target to conclude fitness to practise hearings more quickly, and developing and introducing the revised Code.

The Code brings nursing and midwifery standards into line with modern healthcare practice. Our ambition is that it will support and empower every nurse and midwife to deliver confident, effective, safe and compassionate care.

The PSA also recognised our involvement in Lord Willis’s Shape of Caring review, which considers what education and training for nurses in England will look like over the next decade.

While the PSA’s report shows we have made significant progress, we know there are areas where we can, and will, do better. We are not complacent about the need for improvements, and remain committed to the challenges ahead.

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