The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has reported a 14 percent reduction in its fitness to practise caseload.

In the nursing regulator’s latest Annual Report and Accounts, and Fitness to Practise Annual Report, spanning the third year of its strategy for 2020–2025, the NMC said it was “confident this downward trend will continue”.

It continued:

At the same time, we recognise the caseload remains too high. Being involved in our processes can be distressing, both for members of the public raising concerns, and for the professionals those concerns are about. That’s why reaching decisions quickly and fairly to protect the public remains our number one priority.

Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: 

“Rising demand across health and social care made 2022-2023 another challenging year for our professions. It’s why we’ve been working hard to regulate well, support our professions to deliver high quality care, and positively influence sector-wide decision making and workforce planning.

“Our primary focus has been to reduce our fitness to practise caseload so we can make quick and fair decisions that protect the public. We’ve continued to strengthen and improve our education standards to support learning, and introduced changes in our English language requirements to ensure they’re both fair and robust.

“We know there’s still much more to do over the final two years of this strategy. We’re working with the Government on reforms which will transform the way we work, we’re exploring the potential regulation of advanced practice to ensure consistent standards of care for people, and we’re working with partners to improve safety in maternity services for the benefit of women, babies and families. I’d like to say thank you to all my colleagues and members of Council for their hard work over this last year and for their commitment to make further progress in the year ahead.”

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