The Nursing and Midwifery Council has been asked by the government to regulate nursing associates, the health secretary will announce today.In a speech to NHS employers, he will say that because those in the new role will be able to administer medicines, a “stronger regime of assurance” will be necessary to ensure safe and effective clinical practice. “Statutory professional regulation is a necessary and proportionate requirement for this important new role” Jeremy Hunt He will stress that the new role – designed to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and nurses in England – will not replace nurses, but will support them. He will say nursing associates will help to free up nurses so they can spend more time using their training to focus on clinical duties and to take more of a lead in decisions about patient care.
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