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Watchdog recognises NMC's progress

The annual regulator performance review has reported that the Nursing and Midwifery Council “achieved improvements across each of its regulatory functions”. 

The Professional Standards Authority for health and social care (PSA) Performance Review Report 2013-2014 which covers the performance of all the regulatory bodies concluded that all of the regulators are performing well or adequately against most of the Standards of Good Regulation. 

However, the PSA had greater concerns than noted in previous reviews about the performance of some of the health and care regulators in relation to  standards for registration and fitness to practise. 

Jackie Smith chief executive and registrar of the NMC,  said: “I am pleased that the PSA's annual performance review recognises the improvements we have made in all areas of our work. 

"Significantly, we have shown improvement in our fitness to practise function by investigating 87% of cases within 12 months and clearing our historic caseload. I also welcome the identification of areas for improvement highlighted by this performance review.

“I am also happy to announce that we are undertaking an independent review of our progress to date, against the 15 recommendations made two years ago in the Strategic Review, conducted by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE), the forerunner to the PSA. 

The review will report in the autumn and I look forward to sharing the results.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank NMC staff for their continued hard work and commitment, without whom we could not have made the improvements and achievements discussed in this year's review.”

PSA Performance Review Report 2013-2014 is available to view online.