About the NMC

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

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

Our role

Our statutory objectives, which are also our charitable objectives, are set out in the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 (as amended). Our over-arching objective is the protection of the public by:

  • protecting, promoting and maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of the public;
  • promoting and maintaining public confidence in the nursing and midwifery professions; and
  • promoting and maintaining proper professional standards and conduct for members of the nursing and midwifery professions.
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How we regulate

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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