NMC to ask registrants about new indemnity rules
The nursing regulator will later this month ask for feedback on draft guidance covering new rules that will require nurses to have insurance before they can practise.
Under government proposals, from next winter, nurses and midwives must hold an appropriate indemnity arrangement in order to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
When applying to join the register or renewing their registration, practitioners will need to self-declare they hold indemnity, or will do when they practise.
Most nurses and midwives will be covered through their employer’s insurance – whether NHS or private sector. But the NMC warned it will be the responsibility of each individual to ensure they have cover in place which “reflects the risks associated with their scope of practice”.
It warned that anyone discovered to be practising without appropriate indemnity was at risk of being struck off.
Alison Sansome, director of registration said: “Although the winter seems months away, we strongly advise nurses and midwives to ensure now that they are aware of how this requirement will affect them.”
The NMC is due to hold an engagement exercise on draft information about the proposed new requirement from 22 July to 30 August.
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