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08 August 2006

Mott MacDonald’s health consultancy business, HLSP is appointed by Nursing & Midwifery Council as Quality Assurance Supplier

HLSP, a UK and international healthcare consultancy and part of Mott MacDonald, has been appointed by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) to deliver a new Quality Assurance (QA) framework in England. HLSP will commence delivery of the new QA framework in time for the commencement of the new academic year in October 2006. This new QA framework will support public protection through the application of professional standards.

The NMC has developed the new QA framework in consultation with a range of stakeholders to provide a risk-based approach to monitoring the standards of delivery of NMC approved programmes. The level of monitoring activity will be targeted and proportionate to levels of risk. This could mean a reduced level of involvement with programme providers that are exceeding the standards required by the NMC.

Commenting on the announcement of HLSP as the chosen QA supplier, Kathy George, NMC Director of Standards and Registration said, “I am very pleased that HLSP will be working with the NMC to ensure that nursing and midwifery education meets a consistently high standard across England. HLSP has established knowledge and experience of managing and delivering quality assurance in health care sectors. Students qualifying must be fit for practice and fully equipped to provide high quality patient care. HLSP will implement the NMC’s proactive and risk-based approach to ensure that the NMC’s standards are applied”.

HLSP will commence delivery of the new QA framework from 2 October 2006 and will draw on the expertise of its parent company Mott MacDonald’s education experts at Cambridge Education, who have an established reputation working with the Government’s education department and associated agencies. Institutional Approval and Programme Approval will continue on the same basis. From January 2007, HLSP will establish baseline information building on the NMC’s experience to date to inform the development of risk analysis for the NMC.

Commenting on the announcement, Peter Greengross, HLSP’s UK director said, “We are delighted to be carrying out this important work on behalf of the NMC and are keen to establish good working relationships with programme providers as soon as possible. We look forward to developing a long and productive relationship with the NMC”.

The NMC will be publishing further information regarding the development of the new UK-wide QA framework as it becomes available on the NMC website (www.nmc-uk.org) and in NMC News – the quarterly publication issued free to over 682,000 nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses on the register.

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