The Nursing and Midwifery Council has met 4 out of 5 of the Professional Standards Authority standards of good regulation.
The PSA review found that:
“There has been a further worsening of performance in respect of timeliness this year, as the effects of the pandemic disrupted the NMC’s ability to deal with cases. Fewer decisions have been reached, and the age and overall size of the FTP caseload has increased.
“The NMC is implementing a wide-ranging programme of work to address this decline in performance, while ensuring that it can support the people involved in the process. However, the NMC does not anticipate that the impact of many of its planned measures will be seen for some time.
“We welcome the clear focus and drive for improvement that the NMC has demonstrated. However, in the absence of evidence of significant improvements to performance at this early stage, Standard 15 was not met this year.
“The NMC continues to embed a person-centred approach in FTP. It has improved its website to provide greater clarity about each stage of the process and increased the support offered to those making referrals who have complex needs and may need
adjustments to engage effectively.
“In considering how to use powers granted in response to the pandemic once the emergency period has ended, the NMC considered a diversity of views and sought to facilitate effective participation for all those involved in the FTP process.”
Responding to the publication of the PSA review, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, our Chief Executive and Registrar, said:
“We welcome the report today which reflects our work over the past year – a year which has been so challenging for so many people.
“We are determined to regulate well, support our professions and the public and influence improvement in health and care. That’s why it’s important we continue to learn and improve, so we can protect the public and inspire confidence in the professions. I’m grateful for the hard work of my NMC colleagues and the support of our Council members.
“I’m particularly pleased that the PSA has recognised our commitment to diversity. Promoting diversity and challenging discrimination is a vital part of our work as a regulator. Our equality, diversity and inclusion plan sets out our ambitions in this vital area, and we will continue to collaborate with our partners to do things better. I’m grateful for their support and challenge over the last year.
“The increase in our fitness to practise caseload has been exacerbated as a result of the pandemic. We’re absolutely committed to reducing the caseload and making the right decisions at the right time. Addressing this as our top priority while maintaining our person centred approach will continue to be our focus in the coming months.
“The effects of Covid-19 will be with us all for some time, but we have solid foundations to build upon, as we work to promote safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery practice, improving people’s health and wellbeing.”