DoH pledges 'swift move' to advanced nursing register

The DoH is poised to ‘move quickly’ to open up a distinct part of the nursing register to clearly define nurses in advanced roles, a senior official told the Royal College of Nursing Congress last week.

DoH director of professional regulation Gavin Larner apologised for the delay in setting up the extra part of the register. He said the DoH had been forced to hold back while it took stock of the Foster review of regulation, although the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) had been ready to move forward.

‘Apologies for that, but we are now poised to move forward really quickly,’ he said.

NMC chief executive Sarah Thewlis said the advanced part of the register was vital. She said some nurses in advanced roles had masters degrees, while others had ‘stood alongside someone and watched them do it’ to learn.

‘In terms of public protection that’s not robust enough. That is why at the NMC we have worked strongly to get this advanced part of the register opened,’ she said.

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