The Nursing and Midwifery Council is scoping out plans to attach liaison officers to trust directors of nursing in a bid to cut unnecessary referrals.
NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said the proposal formed part of the nursing regulator’s response to the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, which was published in February.
The regulator’s 2011-12 annual report noted that the NMC had experienced an “unprecedented” 48% increase in concerns raised with it about nurses and midwives since 2009-10.
Speaking at a press conference last week, Ms Smith said: “One of the better models of delivering fitness to practise is for employer liaison officers to work alongside nurse directors to identify appropriate referrals so we get referrals to us that we should get and try and stop the ones that we shouldn’t.
“That’s a model we are speccing at the moment,” she added. “This is in the early stages of our thinking but we think this would actually help improve the sort of stuff we should get and the sort of stuff we shouldn’t.”
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