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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.

1,000th Nursing associate joins the NMC register

  • StaffAid
  • July 1, 2019

More than 1,000 nursing associates have joined the NMC register since January. The role, designed to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses was announced by the Government in 2016, developed by Health Education England (HEE) and is now regulated by the NMC. The Nursing and Midwifery Council claims the role has proved popular with people wanting to further their career and as an alternative route to become a registered nurse. In March, HEE said it intended to spend an additional £42 million this year on increasing the number of nursing associates, aiming to train 45,000 by 2027.

UK’s first Nursing Associates graduate

The UK’s first ever registered Nursing Associates were amongst almost 1000 students who graduated from the University of Lincoln in January. 

The university is one of a number of training providers across the UK supporting the introduction of Nursing Associates – a new support role that will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. The role is designed to address a skills gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses, and it also provides a progression route into graduate level nursing. The newly qualified Nursing Associates are trained to work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings in health and social care. They will become new members of the nursing team, supporting registered nurses and enabling them to focus on more complex clinical duties.

Hospital ward opens cinema for patients with memory problems

Hull Royal Infirmary has opened a £7,000 cinema showing footage of Yorkshire throughout the decades to help patients with memory problems. The film booth complete with cinema seats and a giant screen has been set up in the middle of Ward 80 to help people reminisce about their past and share memories of growing up in the city. Ward 80 is the Progression to Discharge Unit where patients recovering from recent illness spend time recuperating before they are discharged home with support or to a care home. The cinema helps to keep people mobile, encouraging them to move around the ward to prevent muscle wastage and get back into a more normal routine following a hospital stay.