The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced the first tranche of universities and local supervising authorities to be visited under its new quality assurance framework.
The review visits are designed to ensure that nursing education programmes and supervision of midwives meet the regulator’s standards.
Sixteen universities and six local supervising authorities (LSAs) have been chosen to be the first to receive review visits.
Over time, all universities and LSAs will receive a monitoring visit, with resultant reports due to be published on the NMC website next year.
The universities which will be visited during 2013-14 are:
- Anglia Ruskin University
- Bangor University
- Christ Church Canterbury University
- Coventry University
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Kings College London
- Swansea University
- University of Bedfordshire
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of Cumbria
- University of Greenwich
- University of Hull
- University of Manchester
- University of West London
- University of West of Scotland
- University of Wolverhampton
The LSAs which will be visited during 2013-14 are:
- East Midlands
- North East
- Northern Ireland
- South Central
- South East Coast
NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “This is the first time that we have published the information about quality assurance inspections in advance of the visits.
“The new framework, under which these visits will be operating, is designed to improve transparency and openness in this important area of regulation.”
She added: “Over the next three years, well-performing LSAs and universities will receive fewer visits, and we will focus more on those about which we have specific concerns.”
The new quality assurance framework was published in June 2013.
Universities and LSAs that have not been selected for a visit will continue to self-report annually.
The consultancy firm Mott MacDonald was appointed in June by the NMC to carry out quality assurance operations.
It will be in contact with the selected LSAs and universities so that arrangements for the visits can proceed, the NMC added.
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