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NMC issues new delegation guidance

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has issued a new 10-point plan to help nurses and midwives understand the issues surrounding delegation.

The guide sets out 10 principles for staff to follow when they delegate duties to non-regulated healthcare staff.

The guidance has been produced in a bid to clarify best practice, and has evolved from an increase in the number of queries the NMC has received on the subject over the last 12 months.

The principles covered focus on the interests of the patient, the employers' role in the delegation process, and when it is appropriate to refuse to allocate tasks to other health workers.

NMC professional adviser Jan Goldsmith said: "During the past year, we have documented a sharp increase in the number of inquiries relating to delegation, specifically with regards to nonregulated healthcare staff.  

"As a regulator, one of our core functions is to equip nurses and midwives with the tools to help them practice safely and effectively.

"Delegation to non-regulated healthcare staff is an area of some concern for nurses and midwives, and we have responded to this by making sure the advice they are given is up to date and relevant."

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