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The Authority publishes its review of the NMC's performance for 2015/16

The Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has published its annual performance review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The NMC’s register covers almost 693,000 nurses and midwives practising in the UK.

We have assessed the NMC’s performance against our Standards of Good Regulation and are pleased to note that the NMC has met all but one of the Standards. This represents a significant improvement in the NMC’s performance compared to previous years.

We recognise the efforts made by the NMC to prepare for the introduction of revalidation in 2016, especially the way in which key stakeholders were engaged with and their views taken on-board.

More information about how we reached our decision is set out in our Annual Review of Performance NMC 2015/16 or read a summary in our snapshot.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care


Christine Braithwaite, Director Standards and Policy
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care 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 insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. The Standards of Good Regulation are designed to ensure that the regulators are protecting the public but also promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. The Standards cover the regulators’ four core functions: setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession; setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of education and training; maintaining a register of professionals; and taking action where a professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired.
  4. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  5. 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.
  6. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  7. 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.
  8. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at