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The Department of Health is seeking views on proposed amendments to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 (NMO), which provides the regulatory framework for nurses and midwives. The framework applies equally to both nursing and midwifery professions. Historically, midwives have been subject to an additional tier of local regulation which the consultation seeks to address.
- Remove local midwifery supervision provisions - currently fulfilled by the four Local Supervising Authorities (NHS England, Health Inspectorate Wales, Scottish Health Boards and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland).
- Abolish the statutory midwifery committee - currently advise the NMC on matters relating to midwifery - not consistent with other regulators.
- Improve the NMC's fitness to practise processes - introduction of warning, advice and undertaking powers in-line with other regulators. Create a single fitness to practise committee and flexibility to hold hearings in the most convenient location for everyone concerned.
Encourage your midwifery workforce to have their say
Detailed information on all the proposals can be found on pages 10-12 of the consultation. The closing date for responses is 17 June 2016. A response form is available from the GOV.UK website and should be sent to HRDListening@dh.gsi.gov.uk or the postal address provided.