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NMC needs further improvement, review concludes

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has improved since 2012 but still did not meet five of the Standards of Good Regulation out of 27, in a recent review.

This was because they do not yet have a revalidation system, easy access to information about registrants, and complaint updates for all parties, The Professional Standards Authority for health and social care (PSA) performance review report said.

The report also found that not all fitness to practise decisions made at the initial and final stages of the process are well reasoned, consistent, protect the public and maintain confidence in the profession and information about fitness to practise cases is not securely retained.

Chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “We have met several more standards than last year, which is a considerable achievement. Although the report highlights good progress, we know there is still plenty to do and we are not complacent about that. Getting better in the interests of public protection and the professions is our ambition, which we are committed to.

“We are in the best place we've ever been. Without the continued hard work and dedication of NMC staff we would not be able to make the consistent improvements reported by the PSA.”

The PSA praised the effectiveness of NMC work such as the revised code, which came into effect on 31 March 2015, and meeting their targets on concluding fitness to practice hearings more quickly.

These improvements come after the NMC was found to have a huge backlog of investigations and cases against nurses, be poorly led and confused about its purpose in 2012, after a review by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.

It had found failures 'at every level' when the government ordered a review of the NMC after long-standing problems were brought to light.