Maintaining standards in mental health nursing
Jennifer Oates Senior lecturer, Mental health nursing at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
The government is reviewing healthcare regulation. Jennifer Oates provides a timely reminder of the core functions of the Nursing and Midwifery Council
This article explains the impact that professional regulation has on mental health nursing and the remit of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in providing this. The common reasons why nurses in this specialty come into contact with the council are identified. The role of the NMC as a regulatory body, as opposed to a professional one is discussed, along with its limitations, as set down in legislation.
Mental Health Practice. 16, 8, 25-28. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.05.16.8.25.e852R1Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Accepted: 22 February 2013