Monitoring - 2022-23 Academic Year
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 a monitoring visit or an extraordinary review. Monitoring visits may also take place where there are no specific concerns, in order for the NMC to gain assurance over the overall population of approved programmes.
Monitoring is the process by which the NMC is assured that approved programmes continue to be delivered in accordance with NMC standards and additional agreements made at approval and any subsequent programme modifications.
Monitoring visits seek to ensure that programmes continue to meet regulatory requirements through examination of systems to ensure that NMC key risks are controlled, that weaknesses are addressed in a timely manner and that quality assurance processes are effective in maintaining and enhancing programme delivery in both practice and theory. See section 5.10 of the NMC QA Handbook (2022).
The NMC may conduct a listening event (LE) in response to concerns identified regarding nursing, midwifery or nursing associate education in both the AEI and its PLPs/EPs, or where it's proportionate to follow up a monitoring visit or extraordinary review, to gain assurance that any actions implemented as a result of a visit or review, are having the required impact. It's the role of the NMC's QA board to decide whether it's necessary to carry out a LE.
Part of the NMC’s role as a regulator for nurses, midwives and nursing associates in England is to ensure that the standards for education and training and requirements are met and continue to be met by the education institutions that they approve as set out in the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.
Undertaking extraordinary review visits enables the NMC to identify if there are serious risks to student learning and their standards of education and training being delivered, which may result in students being unable to achieve the standards of proficiency to be admitted to the register. The review will identify if the AEI and its practice learning/employer partners continue to meet NMC standards.
Further to this, the review will also consider the AEIs agility in responding to concerns, situations and events that impact on all aspects of nursing, midwifery and nursing associate programme delivery. See section 5.11 of the NMC QA Handbook (2022).
Exceptionally report a risk:
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.