The Nursing & Midwifery Council has launched a comprehensive review of advanced nursing and whether regulation is needed.

The NMC said the review is part of its commitment to carrying out a comprehensive review of advanced nursing and midwifery practice, including consideration of whether regulation is needed, as part of our 2020-25 corporate strategy.

To start this review, the NMC commissioned:

  • The Nuffield Trust to undertake a literature review, and an assessment of the advanced practice landscape in all four countries of the UK, in conversation with key decision makers and subject matters experts
  • Britain Thinks to run discussion groups with professionals currently working in advanced practice roles.

The NMC said:

“We will draw on these discussions and other evidence-gathering to advise our Council in 2023 about options and next steps – including considering whether any risks associated with advance practice should be mitigated by additional regulation – and if so, what form that might take.

“If we consider making any changes we’ll work closely with our stakeholders in doing so. If you’d like to be kept up to date with our progress, and be notified of any opportunities to get involved, please sign up here.”

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