NMC considers advanced nurse regulation as part of review
A new commitment has been made by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to look at introducing a system of regulation for advanced nurse practitioners.
The NMC is reconsidering the role it plays in regulation beyond initial registration of nurses, midwives and nursing associates, following an initial review that indicated a clear a desire for the NMC to regulate advanced practice nursing.
Many participants in the review “expressed concern and at times frustration” about the lack of regulation of advanced nurse practitioners, and felt it was being left to local employers to decide who delivered care in what role.
“There are repeated calls from across all stakeholder and registrant groups for the NMC to widen the discussion and become involved in the regulation of advanced practice,” said the review.
“There is a patchwork of education of advanced and specialist practice across the UK and there is the opportunity to draw this together and rationalise under the leadership of the regulator,” it said.
“There is a patchwork of education of advanced and specialist practice across the UK”
In response, the NMC has formally agreed to explore the idea, which has been the subject of ongoing debate for many years.
The NMC said it would now look at whether new post-registration standards should be situated in advanced practice frameworks and start an engagement process with external stakeholders.
However, the overhaul could see the NMC alter the standards that underpin the education and practice of specialist community nurses such as health visitors and district nurses. The review determined that specialist community public health nurse and specialist practitioner qualification standards were “not fit for purpose” and were not widely understood.
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