On 25 January the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) formally agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role. The Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) supports the regulation of nursing associates.
The NMC has made it clear that it will be for each UK country to decide whether to employ nursing associates. It will now be for the NMC to define the educational standards and professional competencies of nursing associates.
Responding to the NMC’s decision to regulate nursing associates, Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“We welcome the NMC’s recognition of the difficulties involved in a UK-wide body regulating an England-only workforce role. It will be for each of the home nations to decide whether or not to include nursing associates in their health and social care workforce”.
“Many uncertainties remain about the responsibilities and scope of the nursing associate role. Now that a decision has been taken on regulation we look forward to working with the NMC to help it define educational standards and practical competencies for nursing associates. We have been clear that nursing associates must not be used as a substitute for registered nurses and we expect the competencies for nursing associates to reflect the difference between the two roles.”
Further information on the regulation of the role is available on the NMC’s website.