NMC chief executive said that reducing caseloads and waiting times was the nursing regulator’s top priority.

Addressing the NMC council meeting in January, it has been reported that NMC chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe said that reducing caseloads and waiting times was the nursing regulator’s top priority, after the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) found average cases dragged on for 118 weeks.

NMC interim director of professional regulation Tom Scott outlined to council members a number of actions the NMC had taken to reduce caseloads, saying:

“We do know our early engagement with registrants and referrers is helping us make fully informed final decisions at an earlier stage, and this is reflected in the experience of our stakeholders.

‘We’re redoubling our efforts and we’ll keep investing in the resources we need to bring our caseload down quickly and fairly.”

Actions set out by Tom Scott included improving guidance for reporting, exploring use of artificial intelligence technology for risk assessment and document redaction, and widening staff recruitment.

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