Race, gender, disability affects NMC outcomes, new report finds

20 November 2020

Nurses and midwives on the NMC register are treated differently depending on their protected characteristics, according to a new report.

Ambitious for change asked how factors such as gender, ethnicity, disability or age affected staff’s experience of NMC processes such as education, revalidation and fitness to practise.

Among the findings were that BAME nurses and midwives were more likely to be referred to fitness to practise by employers, while white professionals were more likely to be referred by the public.

Male or disabled nurses and midwives were more likely to be removed from the NMC register than female and non-disabled staff.

‘People are still treated differently throughout our processes, depending on who they are – and that’s got to change,’ said NMC chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe.

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