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Nursing and Midwifery Council

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) maintains the register for nurses and midwives in the UK.

The NMC establishes standards of education, training, conduct and performance for nursing and midwifery. The NMC also seeks to ensure these standards are maintained, to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public. They ensure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date to uphold professional standards.

The NMC’s remit is set out in the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and other associated legislation.

The regulatory function of the NMC is to investigate nurses and midwives that fall short of their standards. They investigate complaints or information which may suggest that a registrant’s fitness to practise is impaired.

An NMC registrant’s fitness to practise may be impaired due to:

• Misconduct;
• Lack of competence;
• A conviction or caution;
• Physical or mental ill health;
• A finding by another health or social care regulator or licensing body that a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise is impaired; or
• A barring under the arrangements provided by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) order 2007 or the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

Nursing and Midwifery Council Legal Information

To find out more about the NMC use the menu above or the following links:

Interim Orders
Fitness to Practise
Appeals and Restoration
Voluntary Removal from the Register
NMC and Criminal Proceedings

or, if you have a specific problem with which you require assistance from a reputable nurse defence lawyer, contact the MedicAssistanceScheme by calling us on 084 4804 4805, by email on or by requesting a call back using the link on the home page.

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