Regulation of Nursing Associates in England

Closed 26 Dec 2017

Opened 16 Oct 2017

Results Updated 30 Apr 2018

The government consulted on amendments made to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 and subordinate legislation in order to give the Nursing and Midwifery Council the correct legal powers to effectively regulate the nursing associate profession.

This consultation response sets out the government analysis of the responses received and addresses specific questions and issues raised by respondents.

There was broad support for the legislative proposals set out in the consultation and as a result the Department of Health and Social Care plans to move forward with the proposals and lay the order in Parliament for debate.




The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 is the NMC’s governing legislation that sets out its powers and duties. Amendments need to be made to the Nursing and Midwifery Order to provide the NMC with the necessary legal powers to effectively regulate the nursing associate profession.  It is intended that the key aspects and regulatory functions of the legislation will apply to the nursing associate profession in the same way as for nurses and midwives. In amending the legislation, the regulatory framework for nursing associates will be broadly similar to that of nurses and midwives, except where it is necessary to accommodate specific differences in the nursing associate profession. 

If you have additional comments, or disagree with a policy position that we have proposed, we have given you the opportunity to tell us why you disagree with our policy proposal and provide us with any alternative solutions which you may recommend. 


Why We Are Consulting

This consultation seeks further evidence to make an assessment about the impact of the policy. The final assessments of the impact of the regulation of nursing associates will be published with the Government’s formal response to this consultation.

The Government has made a decision that statutory professional regulation is a necessary and proportionate requirement for this important new role. We are not therefore seeking views on whether the nursing associate role should be regulated, but we are seeking views about how nursing associates should be regulated.

What Happens Next

Following the closing date of this consultation, policy officials at the Department of Health will analyse the replies and publish a response document within 12 weeks of the consultation, or provide an explanation as to why this is not possible. The consultation response will set out the main findings resulting from the submissions made to the consultation. The response will also confirm the finalised policy, further to consideration of the consultation responses, in respect of regulation of the new nursing associate role and the next steps in the progressing the Nursing and Midwifery (Amendment) Order 2018.


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