Monitoring - 2020-21 Academic Year
The NMC will take a proportionate approach to programme monitoring and will not undertake any routine monitoring visits during 2020-21. The NMC will, however, respond to known or emerging risks to patient safety or compliance against their standards, which may include extraordinary monitoring review visits.
Extraordinary Monitoring Review Visits
If someone raises concerns, a serious incident takes place, or NMC intelligence suggests that an AEI or a programme is no longer meeting their standards and requirements, MM may be directed by the NMC to carry out an extraordinary review. The definition of serious incident is taken from the Serious Incidents Framework (SIF) which can be found at
Undertaking extraordinary review visits enables the NMC to demonstrate agility in responding to concerns, situations and events that impact on all aspects of nursing and midwifery programme delivery. The review will identify if the AEI and its practice learning partners continue to meet NMC standards.
Please refer to section 5.8, paragraph 317 of the QA Handbook for additional information.
Exceptionally report a risk
Approved education institutions (AEIs) should exceptionally report on any risks to the student learning environment that may affect compliance with our education standards. Please refer to the NMC's Exceptionally report a risk guidance for further information on:
- When to report a risk;
- Make an exceptional report (a template is provided on the NMC website via the link above); and
- What the NMC will do next.
 Article 15(7) and Article 16(1) of the Order