NMC to research healthcare assistant regulation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is to commission research into the potential regulation of healthcare assistants (HCAs).

The professional regulation of healthcare assistants would be a welcomed development
The professional regulation of healthcare assistants would be a welcomed development

The RCN welcomed the news, and said it was a ‘matter of public safety' that HCAs are properly regulated.

Janet Davies, executive director of nursing and service delivery at the RCN said: 'This is a welcome development, as the RCN has been calling for the regulation of HCAs for some time.

'HCAs are hugely important in delivering care across the country, and this should be recognised in their regulatory framework.'

She added: 'We know from our research that HCAs themselves want to be professionally regulated and recognised as deliverers of high quality care.'

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