Anger at proposed changes to nurse registration

Union leaders are pushing for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to ditch proposed changes to the way specialist community public health nurses are registered.

Cherryl Adams

Unite/CPHVA has expressed ‘deep concern’ at the NMC’s ‘failure to consult’ over plans it says would revoke a two-year agreement on the registration mechanism, and could be part of a plan to ‘dumb down’ health visiting.

The NMC agreed in 2005 to allow specialist community public health nurses, including health visitors and school nurses, to renew their registration without having to renew their nursing or midwifery registration in tandem. But it will consider plans to reverse this decision on Thursday on the advice of the DoH.

Unite/CPHVA acting lead professional officer Cheryll Adams said: ‘Revoking the existing rules for re-admission to the register could have immediate and future ramifications both in terms of public protection and the ability of health visitors and school nurses to effectively deliver a quality service.’

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