The Section 60 Order to amend NMC legislation allowing them to regulate nursing associates cleared in The House of Lords debate yesterday, amendments can now be made to the Nursing and Midwifery Order to provide the NMC with the necessary legal powers to regulate the nursing associate profession in England.
This means the key aspects and regulatory functions of the legislation will apply to the nursing associate profession in the same way it does for nurses and midwives.
Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, Health Education England said:
This is extremely welcome news and another step forward in the nursing associate journey. We have always been very clear that the regulation of this role is something HEE fully supports.
The nursing associate role is now establishing clear career pathways for aspiring nurses, and its regulation it will give confidence to patients and employers that it is an important part of the NHS workforce.
This December our first pilot cohort of trainee nursing associates will qualify - over 900 people. Opportunities will be available from early next year for these people to continue their training whilst working to become registered.