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The review conducted of the Nursing Council of New Zealand (October 2012)

17 Oct 2012 | Professional Standards Authority
  • International Reports

We were asked by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) to undertake a review of the effectiveness of its governance arrangements and its conduct, competence and health functions. We carried out this review in March and April 2012.

As part of the review we read through a range of documentary evidence, spoke with the management team, the staff, the Council and external stakeholders and undertook an audit of a random sample of their conduct, competence and health cases.

Our report sets out our findings in relation to the NCNZ’s governance arrangements and its conduct, health and competence processes. It then moves on to discuss our views on what aspects of their legislation the NCNZ could consider commenting on under the current review of the legislation and the matters it could consider as part of the work being undertaken by the NZ government on its plans to merge regulatory authorities.

We found that overall the NCNZ has satisfactory governance arrangements in place and that it generally has effective processes for handling cases under the conduct, health and competence procedures, reaches appropriate decisions which protect the public and provides a good level of service to those who are involved.

We published our report and the NCNZ’s response to our report in October 2012.