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Nursing regulator improves online transparency

The names of nurses and midwives who have been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) register will now be publicly displayed online as part of changes to the NMC's website.

Previously, the names of nurses and midwives who had been struck off the register following a fitness to practise case or made the subject of an interim suspension order during an investigation were only publicly available on the hearings and outcomes page of the NMC website for up to four months.

Under changes to the regulator's online facility - made in a bid to enhance public protection - the information will be available through the NMC's online “search the register” facility.

This means members of the public are now able to search the name of a nurse or midwife to find out if they are subject to any current sanctions or interim orders or have been struck off the register since 1 January 2008.

The names of individuals who have been struck off from the register will be displayed via the online search facility for 60 years or until the NMC has received formal notification that they are deceased.

Suspension orders, conditions of practice orders and interim suspension and conditions of practice orders will be displayed on the public register while they are “current”.

The move comes thanks to a recommendation by the Professional Standards Authority and will see the NMC come into line with other healthcare regulators who already provide this information publicly.