Report raises “serious concerns” about Nursing & Midwifery Council’s governance framework

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is carrying out its statutory functions but fails to fulfil these to the standard of performance that the public has the right to expect of a regulator the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) has said in its report on its performance review of the NMC.

The CHRE report identifies serious weaknesses in the NMC’s governance and culture, in the conduct of its Council, its ability to protect the interest of the public through the operation of fitness to practise processes and its ability to retain the confidence of key stakeholders.

The report recommends that the NMC should commit itself to work towards more effective governance. This should include reviewing its committee and accountability structure and agreeing on the level of detail of reporting to meetings. It should also include introducing and enforcing an effective statement of organisational values and code of conduct for Council members and staff, and appraisals for all Council members. Collectively and individually office holders and other Council members should accept responsibility for the current difficulties and for future resolution.

The report further recommends recommend that plans to create a new governance structure for the NMC should proceed as rapidly as possible and sooner than currently planned. There should be no representative members on the new Council and no reserved places for interest groups. All members, whether registrant or public should be appointed against defined competencies and be subject to appraisal. The President should be appointed not elected.

The press release and full report on the performance of the NMC can be downloaded here.

Healthcare Governance Review has previously reported on governance problems at the NMC. For further information, click here.

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