Advanced practice roles to be regulated

Advanced nursing practice should be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), according to the final report by the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England. The report said that there is little consistency in job content, title, scope of practice or credentials in advanced practice nursing roles, and that the NMC should record advanced practitioners on the register and ensure that they have the required competencies. This is one of 20 recommendations, including the controversial pledge, in the report. NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, commented that this was a ‘clear mandate’ to regulate advanced nursing practice.