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Jon Billings NMC Discusses The NMC"s regulatory functions and their impact on safe care

Jon Billings Director of Strategy Nursing and Midwifery Council Discusses The NMC’s regulatory functions and their impact on safe care at todays conference: 

  • The NMC’s regulatory functions
  • Revalidation: aiming for safer care
  • Updating the Code: setting relevant standards for modern practice

In his presentation Jon states: 

"New NMC code will be published on NMC website this Thursday, but not effective till end of March. Hopefully will have a resonance with those working in the field"

"NMC currently running a pilot to refine revalidation model"

"Need to remind ourselves if the NMC scale. It's the biggest professional register in the world. Register of 670,000 nurses and midwives who practice in the UK"

"Our functions operate as a system to make sure the register has meaning and integrity"

"The continuing increase of fitness to practice referrals is a genuine issue for the NMC"

"We continue to have plans to evolve as a regulator"

"Revalidation is coming. We have a commencement date for end of this year. The aim is to bring people into a structured process where they regularly reflect on how they are maintaining their fitness to practice"

Jon Billings full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.


Within the context of a rapidly changing healthcare environment, the NMC is changing in order to ensure that its core regulatory functions support the integrity and purpose of the register and thus continue to safeguard the public. Our new strategy envisages the NMC becoming a regulator that collaborates more widely and uses data and intelligence more effectively to enhance what we do. We are updating the Code, the central set of standards by which all nurses and midwives must abide, to ensure that it meets the needs of contemporary healthcare delivery and practice. We are also introducing revalidation for nurses and midwives by the end of 2015, a proportionate requirement designed to ensure that nurses and midwives remain fit to practise and able to provide effective care on an ongoing basis.

Jon Billings’ biography:

Jon was appointed in April 2014. He leads the ongoing development of our corporate strategy as well as planning, corporate governance, communication and quality assurance.

Following a twenty-year career in the NHS, initially as a radiographer then later as a clinical service manager, Jon has held a number of senior positions in the regulatory field in the UK and Ireland. These include roles at the Audit Commission, Healthcare Commission and the health and social care regulator in Ireland where he led development of the first national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

Most recently Jon was at the General Medical Council where he led work to develop and introduce medical revalidation. Jon holds an MBA from the University of Kent.

Forthcoming events of interest:

Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Tuesday 10 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Nurses, Midwives and the Law
Thursday 5 March 2015 
BPP University, Waterloo, London

Effective Ward Manager
Monday 16 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation
Thursday 26 March 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Workforce Planning
Thursday 23 April 2015 
BPP University, Waterloo, London

Implementing The NMC Revised Code of Conduct, Standards and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives
Tuesday 19 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: Jon Billings Presentations

27 January 2015


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