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Regulation of nursing associates in England

The government consulted on amendments made to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and subordinate legislation in order to give the Nursing and Midwifery Council the correct legal powers to regulate the nursing associate profession.

This consultation response sets out the government analysis of the responses and addresses questions and issues raised by respondents.

The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 sets out the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) powers and duties. Amendments need to be made to the order to provide the NMC with the necessary legal powers to regulate the nursing associate profession.

It is intended that aspects and regulatory functions of the legislation will apply to the nursing associate profession in the same way as for nurses and midwives. In amending the legislation, the regulatory framework for nursing associates will be similar to that of nurses and midwives, except where it is necessary to accommodate specific differences in the nursing associate profession.