The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that Sue Killen is to be the regulator’s interim chief executive and registrar.
The nursing regulator looks set to consult on new standards for return to practice that could make it easier for nurses to come back to the profession after a career break.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is advertising for an “inspirational” new chief executive to bring a “fresh approach” to the way it works, following Jackie Smith’s decision to step down from the role.
People studying to become nursing associates have hit out at plans to make them pay the same as nurses to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, the regulator has revealed.
Nurses and midwives will not be automatically struck off for attempting to cover up when things go wrong, under revised plans for a new approach fitness to practise.
Nurses and midwives from overseas applying to work in the UK will no longer need to re-sit all elements of a clinical practice test if they fail in just some areas.
The nursing and midwifery regulator has outlined a range of measures designed to improve the way it interacts with patients and the public, in response to severe criticism over the way it treated bereaved families involved in two major care scandals.
A company offering healthcare-specific English language tests for nurses has seen a “phenomenal” increase in candidates since the exam was recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is now the official regulator for nursing associates in what has been hailed as a “landmark moment” for the body.
Concerns remain over how new nursing associates will be trained and whether they will be used as substitutes for registered nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing.