The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that a contract with a consultancy firm to monitor the quality of nursing and midwifery programmes will not be renewed.
The regulator has announced its intention to next year bring “in house” the quality assurance monitoring of more than 1,000 education programmes across the UK.
One of the NMC’s regulatory requires all newly qualified nurses and midwives to leave their programmes “competent, confident and fit to practise and care for their patients and the public”.
Previously the NMC had held a contract with the consultancy Mott MacDonald to monitor in its behalf approved education institutions and their practice partners on an annual basis in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The regulator said the decision to bring the process in house was a “key stage” in its strategy to “design, develop and implement a modern quality assurance process” that would give the public confidence about the “competence and readiness” of new entrants to the professions.
NMC director of education Rita Newland said: “We are committed to continually improving public protection and ensuring the public receives the best possible health care at all times.
“Bringing the way we assess the quality of nursing and midwifery education in house provides us with the perfect opportunity to design a new process that meets that need.”
Latest results were published last week by the strategic health authority NHS London on its separate assurance and monitoring scheme for nursing and midwifery education providers.