NMC post-registration standards ‘not fit for purpose’

The NMC will review post-registration standards, such as the specialist community public health nurse standards, after a major evaluation found them ‘not fit for purpose’. The evaluation, led by consultancy firm Blake Stevenson, highlighted a limited understanding and lack of clarity around the standards, parts of which have not been updated in over a decade. As a result, the NMC has announced that it is reconsidering the role it plays in regulation beyond initial registration of nurses, midwives and nursing associates. It also admitted that there was a ‘degree of confusion and complexity’ around how its register is structured and annotated.