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Authority begins Lessons Learned Review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has today, 15 June 2017, commenced its Lessons Learned Review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) handling of Morecambe Bay midwives’ cases. This follows the conclusion of the last of the NMC cases concerning midwives who worked at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. 

The Authority’s review is being carried out at the request of the Secretary of State for Health and is expected to take at least six months to complete. Terms of Reference for the review were published last month.

As usual, we will not comment on the review while it takes place. We will post updates to our timeline on our website. We will publish a full copy of our report after the review has been completed.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Contact: Christine Braithwaite

Director Standards and Policy
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Media: or call 020 72618 9118

General enquiries: to contribute to the review

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 insufficient to protect the public 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 wellbeing 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.
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