Students handed 'nurse' qualifications that fail NMC standard

UK universities may be handing out qualifications that include the title ‘nurse’ or ‘midwife’, which do not meet standards required for registration in either profession.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has demanded talks with the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence over fears that overseas employers could hire graduates of these courses believing they were qualified nurses or midwives.

The University of Bangor offers a ‘degree in midwifery studies’ that would not qualify graduates to practise as a midwife, but the NMC is concerned there may be other examples.

The NMC does not have powers to prevent courses from using these titles. But it believes that public protection would be strengthened if agreement was reached with educators over how they are used. 

Nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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