Employers and Prep
Responsibility of employers to ensure nurses and midwives comply with Prep standards
As an employer of nurses and midwives, it is important to understand your role in ensuring they comply with the NMC Prep standards. They must meet these standards to maintain their registration and to continue to be employed as a registered nurse or as a midwife.
As an employer, it is therefore your responsibility to support the nurses and midwives who work for you in undertaking appropriate and relevant learning activities. This may mean ensuring that any funding required to support attendance at learning activities is protected. You should also plan for adequate staffing cover for nurses and midwives who are away from the workplace undertaking learning activities.
Please consult our Advice and information for employers of nurses and midwives (2011). This provides additional information about our role as the regulator, your role and responsibilities as an employer in protecting the public, as well as the free services we provide to support you to do this effectively.
Nurses and midwives who do not comply with the Prep requirements will cause their registration to lapse. They will no longer be legally able to work as a registered nurse or as a midwife and this may affect the services you are able to offer to your patients. There are potentially serious legal implications for employers should a nurse or midwife be found to be working with a lapsed registration in a role that requires them to be registered.
As an employer, you are also responsible for checking regularly the registration status of the nurses and midwives. To enable these regular checks, the NMC provides a free online service for employers with up-to-date information about the current registration status of registered nurses and midwives, including any fitness to practise activity.
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