Data protection

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we have a legal obligation to control how we collect, use and store personal information

Data privacy policy

Personal information we collect about you

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands. We may collect general personal information about you including your name, address, email address, place of work or study your NMC PIN if you are a nurse or midwife registered with us. We may also collect personal information about you if you apply for a job at the NMC, if you provide us with feedback about an area of practice, a complaint is made about you or if you make a complaint about a nurse, midwife or the NMC.

How we use your personal information

We may collect and hold personal information about you for the following purposes:

If you are a nurse or midwife, we may collect personal information about you for the following purposes:

  • administering your application to join the Register,
  • running and maintaining the Register,
  • compliance with our regulatory responsibility to protect the health and well being of the public,
  • carrying out investigations into any complaint raised against you including making any necessary publications about the investigation,
  • administering any sanctions against you, sending you publications and newsletters where you request,
  • dealing with any calls you make to our Registrations Centre.

If you are a student nurse or midwife we may collect information about you for the purposes of being enrolled on the student index, and protecting the health and wellbeing of the public by identifying students who have been involved in serious misconduct.
If you apply for a job at the NMC we collect personal information in connection with dealing with your job application, recruitment and any pre-employment checking.

We may collect and hold personal data about you for the purposes of responding to you for any requests for information, dealing with any complaints you raise about a nurse or midwife, sending you publications and newsletters where you request.

Disclosures to third parties

Personal information about registrants that is publicly available on the Register will be disclosed as part of the NMC’s requirement to provide a Register.

We may be required to disclose personal information in response to requests from a court, tribunal, regulator, or otherwise as part of the litigation process or to protect the health and wellbeing of the public. Where possible, we will consult with you prior to making such disclosure and, in order to protect your privacy, we will ensure that we will disclose only the minimum amount of your information and only necessary for the required purpose.

We may share your personal information with third parties such as law enforcement agencies, employers or potential future employers in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the public or in the context of an investigation about your conduct should this be necessary.

Personal information about job applicants may be disclosed to third parties who assist with pre-employment checking. We will potentially share personal information about student nurses and midwives in the student index with approved education institutions should this be required to protect the health and wellbeing of the public.

Where you make a complaint about a nurse or midwife we may share your personal information within the NMC and with the nurse or midwife you have raised the complaint against. We may also share your personal information with law enforcement agencies should an investigation process require it.

Personal data collected through the NMC website (‘the Website’)

We collect personal information from visitors and registered users to the Website through the use of online forms and questionnaires, where you become an Authorised User, when you provide information through the Online Community, when you make an order for a publication and every time you e-mail us your details.

For more information about the data processing practices carried out through the use of the internet and any other electronic communications networks by the NMC including at www.nmc-uk.org (the “Website”) refer to the NMC’s Website Privacy Policy which forms part of the Website terms of use.

Access to your personal information

You have the right to request access to the personal information that the NMC holds about you and to ask for information about the purposes for which your personal information is used. To exercise this right or request further information please use the Data Protection request form on our website, email us at foi&dparequest@nmc-uk.org or write to us at Records and Archives, Nursing and Midwifery Council, 23 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PZ

Our responsibilities are set out in our Data protection policy [link to Data Protection policy page consisting of Data Protection policy 2011)

Contact us

If you have any further questions about this privacy notice please email us foi&dparequest@nmc-uk.org or write to us at  Records and Archives, Nursing and Midwifery Council, 23 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PZ.

If you are looking for any other information, please see Freedom of information.

Created date :
12/02/2010
Modified date :
27/02/2014