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The Authority welcomes NMC reform of regulation of midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) governing board has today agreed that statutory supervision should no longer be part of its legal framework. This follows a recommendation last year by Julie Mellor, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, that the regulation and supervision of midwives should be changed.

Harry Cayton, Chief executive of the Professional Standards Authority, said:

The NMC’s decision makes clear that the regulator is responsible for regulating midwives and NHS employers are responsible for ensuring midwives have proper clinical supervision. We are pleased that Nurse Leaders have pledged to support this change which we think both strengthens public protection and helps professionalism to flourish’.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Contact:
Christine Braithwaite
Professional Standards Authority
0207 389 8030
Christine.braithwaite@professionalstandards.org.uk

Notes to the Editor
1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.
3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk