NMC guidance on raising concerns without compromising registration

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is developing guidance that aims to ensure nurses can raise concerns about the safety and wellbeing of people in their care in a way that won't compromise their registration.

The NMC said its guidance, which is now open to public consultation, explains the processes nurses should follow when raising or escalating concerns related to the safety and wellbeing of people in their care or their workplace, and provides information about the legislation in this area.

Dickon Weir-Hughes, NMC chief executive, said: 'Many nurses and midwives work as part of a multidisciplinary team and we recognise the difficulties they may face sometimes if they have a concern about a colleague's actions or behaviour, or the environment of care in which they work.

'Our goal is to provide nurses and midwives at all levels, and pre-registration students, with clear information about the steps they should take when raising or escalating a concern.'

Caroline Williams, NMC project lead, added: 'The guidance emphasises following local policies and procedures when raising or escalating a concern, and strongly advices seeking confidential, independent advice throughout the process.'

The consultation is open until 31 March 2010.

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