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The government consulted on amendments made to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and subordinate legislation in order to give the Nursing and Midwifery Council the correct legal powers to effectively regulate the nursing associate profession.
This consultation response sets out the government analysis of the responses received and addresses specific questions and issues raised by respondents.
There was broad support for the legislative proposals set out in the consultation and as a result the Department of Health and Social Care plans to move forward with the proposals and lay the order in Parliament for debate.
The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 sets out the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) powers and duties. Amendments need to be made to the order to provide the NMC with the necessary legal powers to regulate the nursing associate profession.
It is intended that aspects and regulatory functions of the legislation will apply to the nursing associate profession in the same way as for nurses and midwives. In amending the legislation, the regulatory framework for nursing associates will be similar to that of nurses and midwives, except where it is necessary to accommodate specific differences in the nursing associate profession.