The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) current Quality Assurance Framework came into effect on 1 September 2018. Full details can be found on the NMC website.

Mott MacDonald has delivered the quality assurance of nursing and midwifery education on behalf of the NMC since 2013. We continue to quality assure NMC standards of education and training for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. We ensure the implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework is consistent, risk based and proportionate in approach; providing assurance to the NMC that nursing, midwifery and nursing associate education meets their standards.

Quality Assurance Handbook outlines the operational details to ensure that the process is transparent and that principles are applied consistently across all nursing, midwifery and nursing associate education.

Mott MacDonald manages the quality assurance process via the QA Link
. Education Institutions (EI) can request quality assurance events for NMC approved programmes and upload documents to the relevant gateways via the QA Link. 

On-call rota

We operate a rota of availability for professional queries from education institutions and visitors.

To view the current on-call rota, click here.

If in doubt as to who to contact, please direct queries to the Mott MacDonald office at who will be able to re-direct your enquiry as necessary.

Response to Coronavirus (Covid-19):

We have been working with the NMC and stakeholders in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19), and the impact on delivery of the QA framework. Please see the below guidance published from the NMC:

Guidance for undertaking remote QA visits can be found here.

If you have any specific queries around approval activity please contact

QA activity data protection, GDPR compliance requirements and NMC Privacy Policy

Education institutions are advised that any documentation submitted via the QA Link that does not have clear relevance to the programme being reviewed will be permanently deleted to ensure compliance with data protection regulations. Please refer to the Quality Assurance Handbook.

Mott MacDonald operates under GDPR regulations. Quality Assurance visitors are advised to refer to the Mott MacDonald Code of Conduct for Registrant and for Lay Visitors. Please refer to the Quality Assurance Handbook.


Contact Us


Telephone: 01223 463 441

Programme Approval Report Templates

Programme approval/modification report templates are not provided by the QA Link. All report templates are accessible here. Please access the report template to ensure that the most up to date version is being used.

Frequently Asked Questions

QA visitor FAQs 
QA visitor QA Link FAQs/resources  

AEI QA Link FAQs/resources 

NMC Support

Mott MacDonald has a dedicated team to support EIs seeking NMC approval of a programme for the first time, and existing Approved Education Institutions (AEIs) and their practice learning partners (PLPs), and QA visitors through the quality assurance process.

Guidance and quick links

Webinars for AEIs on QA Link functionality here.

Webinars for NMC visitors on QA Link functionality here.

NMC visitors report writing guidance:
Guidance for programme approval report writing can be found here.

There are some top tips for QA Visitors in writing their reports in the NMC Tone of Voice Guidance.

Additional guidance documentation for AEIs and QA Visitors can be found within the Programme Provider and Visitor pages.

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