Consultation on proposed amendments to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) governing legislation to remove statutory midwifery supervision and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its fitness to practise processes

Consultation opened on 21 April 2016. Closing date 17 June 2016.

Summary

This consultation, which is led by the Department of Health in England (DH) on behalf of the 4 UK Governments, seeks views regarding proposed amendments to the NMC governing legislation to remove statutory midwifery supervision and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its fitness to practice processes. The consultation proposes amendments to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s governing legislation through changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

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Consultation description

These proposed changes will:

  • remove statutory midwifery supervision provisions, which will result in a clear separation of the roles and purpose of the supervision and regulation of midwives
  • remove the statutory Midwifery Committee from the NMC’s governance structures.
  • make improvements to the NMC’s fitness to practise processes to enable further improvements and deal with cases in a more appropriate manner

Relevant consultation documents can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-nursing-and-midwifery-council-governing-legislation

The consultation commenced on 21 April 2016 and will run for 8 weeks, ending on 17 June 2016 at 11.45 pm.  The Department of Health welcomes responses from Northern Ireland.

Please note responses to the consultation should be sent to the Department of Health England directly:

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