Consultation on accreditation and monitoring 2017

The Nursing Council has started to review how it accredits and monitors postgraduate nursing education programmes. The Council is proposing a move away from a “one size fits all” approach to a partnership model with education providers that incorporates risk based or “right touch” regulatory approaches. The Council is proposing a “high trust – high accountability” approach to accreditation and monitoring.   

It is anticipated that although these changes are focussed on postgraduate nursing programmes and providers, this approach would also be introduced to registered nurse and enrolled nurse education programmes in the future.

The proposed changes would mean that accreditation and monitoring processes:

  • are more flexible and acknowledge the experience and quality processes of tertiary education providers
  • allow the Council to apply a different focus to different education providers or programmes based on an assessment of their ability to continue to meet the education programme standards;  
  • are more transparent for education providers, the public and employers and students; and
  • are more efficient and collaborative for both the education provider and the Council.

Please find a link to the consultation document here.  The Council is consulting on:

  • a quality assurance profile for each education provider/programme
  • a finite period of accreditation, accreditation with conditions or refusal/revocation of accreditation, and
  • the publishing of accreditation reports on the Council website.

How to make a submission

The Nursing Council values your views and encourages you to respond to this document. The submission survey can be accessed here.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 30 June 2017.

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