Our vision is safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing. As the professional regulator of almost 725,000 nursing and midwifery professionals, we have an important role to play in making this a reality.

Our core role is to regulate. First, we promote high professional standards for nurses and midwives across the UK, and nursing associates in England. Second, we maintain the register of professionals eligible to practise. Third, we investigate concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates – something that affects less than one percent of professionals each year. We believe in giving professionals the chance to address concerns, but we’ll always take action when needed.

To regulate well, we support our professions and the public. We create resources and guidance that are useful throughout people’s careers, helping them to deliver our standards in practice and address new challenges. We also support people involved in our investigations, and we’re increasing our visibility so people feel engaged and empowered to shape our work.

Regulating and supporting our professions allows us to influence health and social care. We share intelligence from our regulatory activities and work with our partners to support workforce planning and sector-wide decision making. We use our voice to speak up for a healthy and inclusive working environment for our professions.

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Statutory body

We are a statutory public body accountable to Parliament through the Privy Council.

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees our work and reviews our performance each year.

Charitable status

We are also a Charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (‍1091434) and in Scotland with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) (SC038362).

As a registered charity, we must seek to ensure that all our work delivers public benefit. As the charity trustees, Council members, including the Chair, are responsible for ensuring that we do this. The Council must also take account of Charity Commission and OSCR guidance in its decision-making and ensure that it meets statutory reporting requirements, including reporting any serious incidents.

Information about our recent work and plans can be found in our