Consultation on healthcare regulators

If you are interested in how nurses and other healthcare professionals are regulated in the UK, you might like to read and respond to the Law Commission’s consultation on the subject (it also applies to social workers in England).

It proposes significant changes to the legal framework for bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), with the many different pieces of legislation being repealed and replaced with a single Act. The idea here is that this will impose consistency across regulators where necessary but at the same time give them greater autonomy. The aim to make the regulatory system more transparent and responsive, and to simplify and modernise a set of rules that have evolved in a piecemeal fashion. Role changes such as nurse prescribing are cited as one of the drivers for change. The consultation covers education, training and professional conduct and practice.