The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched research  to understand why people from different backgrounds sometimes experience differences in its processes.
The NMC wants to capture a range of experiences and opinions to understand:
  • The differences in revalidation rates between particular groups
  • Why it receives more referrals of certain groups of professionals from employers and members of the public compared to the proportions on its register
  • What the impact these differences have for the people involved, and;
  • What it can do, with others, to address these differences

As well as conducting this research, later this year the NMC will be commissioning an independent review of a sample of registration and fitness to practise case files. This review will aim to understand whether there is disparity in the way the NMC applies its polices, practices and procedures.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said:

“The launch of the next phase of our research underpins the NMC’s commitment to becoming a better professional regulator by driving forward equality, diversity and inclusion for all.

“It’s simply unacceptable for anyone to be treated differently based on any aspect of who they are. We know all too well that systemic inequality and discrimination still exist in our society. That’s why we’re determined to really understand why it is that people experience differences in our own processes, and to take action to address any unfairness.

“We’ve made some good progress so far, but there’s still a long road ahead. We want to make a difference for the benefit of the nursing and midwifery professionals we support and the public we’re here to serve.

“Of course, creating long-lasting change that will tackle discrimination and inequality isn’t easy. By working collaboratively with our partners across the health and social care sector, I know we’ll get there.”

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