Recommendation 232

Nursing and Midwifery Council providing support to directors of nursing

The Nursing and Midwifery Council could consider a concept of employment liaison officers, similar to that of the General Medical Council, to provide support to directors of nursing. If this is impractical, a support network of senior nurse leaders will have to be engaged in filling this gap.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have started planning the introduction of new regional advisors who will perform a function similar to the General Medical Council’s employer liaison advisers of providing support and guidance locally for employers and others with concerns about nurses and midwives.  A pilot will be undertaken in 2014, with roll out planned for 2015.


The Nursing and Midwifery Council have engaged with our external stakeholders and obtained their views on what a regional liaison model might look like. These discussions were designed to develop an understanding of the key issues relating to regional engagement which would then inform the approach to developing a model for Nursing and Midwifery Council regional liaison. The stakeholders included nursing and midwifery representatives from employers and partners throughout the UK, across the NHS and independent sectors as well as wider regulators. An operating model is being developed for rollout in early 2015.