The names of nurses and midwives who have been struck off or suspended will be made public on the online version of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for the first time from today.
Those subject to any interim order or final sanction imposed by the regulator will now be displayed on the NMC’s online “search the register” facility or 60 years, or until the NMC has received formal notification that they are deceased.
Previously, the names of struck off or suspended nurses and midwives were only publicly available on the hearings and outcomes page of the NMC website for up to four months.
The change, which came into effect today, is designed to enhance public protection and follows a recommendation by the Professional Standards Authority. It will mean the NMC comes into line with other healthcare regulators which already provide this information.
Members of the public can find the name of a nurse or midwife subject to any current sanctions or interim orders or have been struck off the register since 1 January 2008.
Suspension orders, conditions of practice orders and interim suspension and conditions of practice orders will be displayed on the public register while they are current.
The change was agreed by the NMC council in September, as reported by Nursing Times.