The Nursing and Midwifery council gave Staffordshire University less than two months to remove all of its students from Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust at the beginning of this year, the public inquiry into failings at the trust has heard.
The move came after the NMC carried out an extraordinary review of quality of placements at the trust in November 2010, which found some clinical staff were “overwhelmed” by the additional pressure of mentoring the 113 students and many mentors did not have up to date professional development.
However, following a crisis meeting between the trust, the NMC, the university and NHS West Midlands the professional regulator agreed on a 50% reduction in the number of students placed at the trust.
In evidence to the inquiry, the university’s dean of health Hilary Jones said she had been “surprised” the NMC’s extraordinary review came at the end of 2010, almost three years after the Healthcare Commission first launched its investigation into failings at the trust.
The university instructed solicitors to contest the NMC’s plans for the review after they were given less than a week’s notice.
The university argued there was “nothing to substantiate” the NMC’s view there could be problems with provision as the events at Mid Staffs highlighted by the HCC report had happened years ago and it had been subject to regular monitoring by consultants Mott Macdonald on behalf of the NMC.
However, the NMC argued it needed to find out why there was a “disconnect” between the findings of reports by the HCC and those of Mott Macdonald.