Consultation outcome

Nursing and Midwifery Council: changes to governing legislation

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Detail of outcome

The department received 21 responses to the consultation. The majority of responses supported the proposals set out in the consultation. They recognised the benefits resulting from giving the NMC more legislative powers.

Most respondents agreed that the amendments will result in more efficient fitness-to-practise processes. This will benefit registrants, improve public protection and increase public confidence in the NMC.

Parliament will lay the draft Order shortly.

Original consultation


Seeks views on changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 to help the Nursing and Midwifery Council fulfil its duties.

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Consultation description

The legislation that governs the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is restricting its ability to effectively carry out some of its duties. Proposed changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 will:

  • improve handling of Fitness-to-Practise (FtP) cases
  • introduce power to review certain FtP decisions
  • allow registrants who are not fit to practise, for health or lack of competence reasons, to be removed from the register
  • change who sits on registration appeal panels
  • help to make sure a practising registrant has appropriate insurance

The NMC is the UK regulator for nursing and midwifery.


Published 17 April 2014
Last updated 26 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include Consultation response and equality analysis.
  2. First published.