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Increased 'laymen' involvement in NMC quality assurance

People who are neither nurses nor midwives will have increased involvement in Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) quality assurance activities. 

Quality assurance is part of public protection which ensures that reviewer education programmes and midwife supervision meets NMC standards, as well as ensuring risks are managed effectively. 

The framework will now aim to increase the burden of emerging risk by ensuring that institutions have 'appropriate safeguards' in place. 

The burden of regulation on well-performing educational institutions will also be reduced over a three-year cycle. 

Dr. Katerina Kolyva, Director of Continued Practice said: “We worked with a range of individuals and organisations to develop the new framework for quality assurance. 

“This will ensure that quality assurance operates more transparently and proportionately to ensure public protection.”

The new framework will be employed from September 2013. More information is available on the NMC website