The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) was set up to ensure that all nurses and midwives provide a high standard of care to their patients and to ensure that they operate under the recommended codes of conduct. The regulatory body was set up by Parliament for nurses in England, Scotland and Wales and sets the standards by which nurses and midwives must adhere to while at work. The organisation also sets standards for education to ensure that nurses and midwives are up to date on the latest practices and are constantly updating their skills and knowledge.
All nurses working within the UK must be registered with the NMC in order to practise and must prove that they are fulfilling the requirements of the organisation. The body also investigates if a complaint is made against a nurse or midwife or an allegation is made against them which calls into question their skills or knowledge of the job. Patient care and updating their skills should be top priority for any medical professional to ensure that all patients are in the safest hands.
As with any medical professional, nurses and midwives have a duty of care to their patients to ensure that they receive efficient advice and treatment. There is potential for mistakes to be made but, when they are because a nurse failed to follow protocol or a nurse failed to update his/her skills, then negligence may have occurred. It is your right to ask for an investigation if you feel that you or a family member were not treated correctly or you were injured by a nurse or midwife. The Nursing and Midwifery Council will also remove a nurse or midwife from their register if allegations are made against them by a patient or a patient’s family. You also have a right to claim compensation where there is evidence a nurse or midwife was negligent.
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Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown