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New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Action taken in Scotland

There has been concern articulated by some members surrounding the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) response relating to the formation of the new Nursing and Midwifery Council. Primarily these concerns have been about the lack of the name ‘health visiting’ in the title of the council.

The CPHVA makes every attempt to reflect the views of members in its responses. In Scotland, a professional briefing was held during the consultation phase relating to the proposed NMC in May, to allow members the opportunity to present their views. Maureen Williams from the U.K.C.C. was the invited speaker. Details of the event were circulated to every member in Scotland. Despite the significance of the consultation document the event was poorly attended with only 10 members present. No written comments were submitted by members in Scotland for inclusion in the CPHVA response. Therefore, the CPHVA Scottish Executive Committee members that attended the professional briefing worked with the professional officer for Scotland and this response has been integrated into the CPHVA response for the UK. A copy of this may be found on the CPHVA website

In addition to this, letters were sent to all Centres and Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPS) seeking their support for the issues raised by the CPHVA relating to the proposed NMC. Positive replies were received from MSPs, many of whom contacted the Health Minister and colleges at Westminster. Jackie Carnell (Director CPHVA) has also spoken directly, on behalf of members, to Susan Deacon and members of the Scottish Executive Health Department and the Department of Health.

, Professional Officer for Scotland