Thank you for your interest in this role at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Our vision is safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing. As the professional regulator of more than 700,000 nursing and midwifery professionals, we have an important role to play in making this a reality.
Our core role is to regulate. First, we promote high professional standards for nurses and midwives across the UK, and nursing associates in England. Second, we maintain the register of professionals eligible to practise. Third, we investigate when nursing or midwifery care goes wrong – something that affects less than one percent of professionals each year.
To regulate well, we support our professions and the public. We create resources and guidance that are useful throughout people’s careers, helping them to deliver our standards in practice and address new challenges. We also support people involved in our investigations, and we’re increasing our visibility so people feel engaged and empowered to shape our work.
Regulating and supporting our professions allows us to influence health and social care. We share intelligence from our regulatory activities and work with our partners to support workforce planning and sector-wide decision making. We use our voice to speak up for a healthy and inclusive working environment for our professions.
As the regulator of the nursing, midwifery and nursing associate professions, on occasions we need to consider if a person is fit to practise without restriction. Where we have a concern regarding this, we might bring these concerns before a meeting or hearing of the practice committees.
Panel members are independent decision makers who work with us as contractors. In this role they are required to attend hearings and meetings of our practice committees across the United Kingdom and will carry out the functions of a panel member in accordance with the provisions of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and the Nursing and Midwifery (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004.
They will listen and consider the evidence of people who attend our hearings and in collaboration with their panel member colleagues. In addition they will also be asked to make risk assessments on the suitability of a registrant to continue to practise with no restrictions pending the conclusion of their case
People are at the heart of what we do and to be successful our Independent panel members demonstrate the following values:
They are kind;
They are fair;
They are ambitious;
They are collaborative.
The impact of the decisions our panels make cannot be underestimated. The actions of our panel members make a significant difference to nurses, nursing associates and midwives as well as those who have made a complaint or are called as witnesses to our hearings.
We want to receive applications from as broad a range of people as possible; to ensure that our panel members are representative of the professions we regulate.
To be a panel member you need to be able to make logical, fair and balanced decisions and importantly be able to explain them in simple terms to the people who are affected. You will need to be able to work well as part of a team and be empathetic and adaptable to the needs of those around you.
We know you may have developed the above skills in a number of different ways and we want to receive applications from people with a range of professional experiences.
If you have never considered a role such as this before you should know that, if you are successful in your application, we will provide the training and support required to enable you to make a positive impact.
If you have the skills and experience we are looking for, identify with our values and want to make a positive difference to public protection then we would welcome your application.
Edina Ojeifo Interim Assistant Director, Nursing and Midwifery Council