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No separate register for advanced nursing practitioners, says watchdog

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Advanced nursing practitioners should not receive more regulation or be listed on a separate register to other nurses, according to a recent health watchdog report.

The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) concluded that employers and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) should remain responsible for the roles and responsibilities advanced practitioners adopt.

The report said the CHRE is ‘unconvinced that what is often called “advanced practice” in many professions represents such a significant shift in practice that it is inadequately controlled for through current arrangements’.

The NMC first asked the Privy Council for permission to set up an advanced nurse register in 2005.

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