The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2022 pledge to focus on dealing with concerns at the earliest opportunity and reducing our caseload.
The NMC has published its corporate plan which sets out its priorities for the next year.
On its website, the NMC said:
“Reducing our fitness to practise (FtP) caseload remains a top priority. We’ll also focus on modernising our regulatory processes, continuing to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and supporting midwifery and nursing professionals to provide safe, kind and effective care.
“The last two years have brought about some incredibly challenging circumstances for our professions. Like many health and care organisations, we concentrated on supporting professionals to provide the best possible care throughout the pandemic. This year will be pivotal in shifting our focus back onto delivering our strategic plans.”
- FtP caseload – We’ll focus on dealing with concerns at the earliest opportunity and reducing our caseload. We’ll work on cases in a fair, timely and cost effective way by redesigning our regulatory processes, investing in additional resources to increase capacity in key areas, and working with employers to resolve cases quickly and locally.
- Regulatory reform – We’ll support the government’s drive to modernise the legislation that guides our work. This will help us to better support the professionals on our register and ensure people continue to receive the safe, effective and kind care they have a right to expect.
- EDI – We know there are systemic inequalities in health and care, as highlighted in Ambitious for Change research. For example, Black nurses and midwives are disproportionately referred into our FtP procedures by employers. Fairer processes will increase public confidence in us, and help us to influence change within the health and care sector.
- Promoting and upholding the highest professional standards – We’re working on projects to make sure our professions continue to uphold the high professional standards the public has a right to expect. These include a new set of ambitious post-registration standards for community nursing, new pre-registration education programme standards following our exit from the EU, a review of our English language requirements, and a review of advanced nursing practice.
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said:
“The world looks very different than it did two years ago when we first agreed our strategy. Despite this, the NMC progressed several important projects in 2021-2022. These cover our post-registration standards, our pre-registration programme standards, our international registration process and more. We look forward to continuing this work over the coming years.
“We’re determined to deliver the key aims set out in our strategy, and this year will be pivotal in ensuring we do that. We’re ambitious about what we can achieve and will continue to listen to and engage with our professions, partners and the public. This will help us to be responsive to the changes in health and care.
“The pandemic has brought about many unforeseen challenges, and continues to place extraordinary pressure on health and care services. We’re so proud of nursing and midwifery professionals and students for the way they’ve adapted and innovated.
“By working together, I’m confident that we can deliver the ambitions in our strategy and continue to support nursing and midwifery professionals to deliver safe, effective and kind care for everyone.”