Protect the title Nurse in UK law

The term nurse can be used by anyone in the UK. They can use this term to offer professional advice and services even if they have no nursing qualifications, experience or have been struck off a professional register.

This petition closed on 14 Dec 2021 with 33,488 signatures


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1. Protect the title Nurse in UK law
04/06/2021 - Petitions

Found: The term nurse can be used by anyone in the UK. They can use this term to offer professional advice and

2. Regulation of nursing associates in England
30/04/2018 - Department of Health and Social Care
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5. Briefing Paper on Second Reading
09/12/2021 - Bill Documents

Found: Macdonald, Louise Smith 10 December 2021 Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] 2021 -22 Summary 1 Background

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Recent Speeches related to Protect the title Nurse in UK law

1. Health and Care Bill (Twenty First sitting)
28/10/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: responsible for giving independent professional public health advice and for promoting public debate on - Speech Link
2: Service responsible for promoting the provision of services which are outcome-focused, are provided following - Speech Link
3: (e), (f), and (g) as an independent health professional treating a population as a patient and pursuing - Speech Link

2. Health and Care Bill
23/11/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: stakeholders.New clause 12—Protection of the title of “nurse”—“(1) A person may not practise or carry on - Speech Link
2: style or title containing the word ‘nurse’ unless that person is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery - Speech Link

3. Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]
25/05/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: my remarks by recognising the wealth of professional experience that is in your Lordships’ House and will - Speech Link

4. Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]
14/06/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: enable UK Ministers and devolved Administrations to implement the recognition of professional qualifications - Speech Link
2: partnership agreements where, to be frank, the issue of services and the mobility of professionals should rightly - Speech Link
3: otherwise—to recognise, for instance, medical qualifications from around the world, without the regulator - Speech Link

5. Mental Health: Unregulated Treatment
02/03/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: persons offering psychotherapy or counselling services upon the mental health and wellbeing of their - Speech Link
2: it—I have used inverted commas, as it is was not treatment recognised as such by any professional body. I - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Protect the title Nurse in UK law
1. UK Centre for Professional Qualifications
asked by: Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
21/06/2021
... on what date the assistance centre was created.

2. UK Centre for Professional Qualifications
asked by: Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
21/06/2021
... which minister is responsible for the assistance centre.

3. UK Centre for Professional Qualifications
asked by: Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
21/06/2021
... what are the objectives and responsibilities of the assistance centre.

4. UK Centre for Professional Qualifications: Powers
asked by: Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
21/06/2021
... what additional powers are provided to staff of the assistance centre by placing it on a statutory footing.

5. UK Centre for Professional Qualifications: Finance
asked by: Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
21/06/2021
... how much annual funding the assistance centre receives.

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To protect the public, the title nurse should be limited to those who are registered with professional regulators such as Registered Nurses and Dental Nurses.

This would be the same as titles such as paramedic and physiotherapist, which are limited to those on the professional registers.


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Government Response

Thursday 1st July 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care is reviewing the protection of titles as part of the ongoing government review of the regulation of healthcare professionals.


The protection of a professional titles is important for public protection. Protecting a title provides assurance to the public that someone using that title is competent and safe to practise.

In order to ensure that only an individual who is registered with a regulator can use a protected title, it is an offence for a person to use a title they are not legally permitted to use or to otherwise hold themselves out to be a regulated professional.

Although ‘registered nurse’ is a protected title, ‘nurse’ is currently not a protected title. The Government is aware of the concerns which this generates, along with the complications associated with protecting the nurse title given that it is used in multiple professions (e.g. registered nurses, dental nurses, school nurses and veterinary nurses).

On 24th March 2021 the Government published Regulating Healthcare Professionals, Protecting the Public; (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/regulating-healthcare-professionals-protecting-the-public) a consultation setting out detailed policy proposals for reforming the legislation of healthcare regulators

In collaboration with policy colleagues from the professional regulators, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), as the regulator of nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England, officials from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer for England have been exploring the issue of protected titles as part of the ongoing government review of professional regulation.

We will consider in detail whether the protection of title offences relating to registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates are the right ones when bringing forward reform of the NMC’s legal framework, following our consultation on the reform of all healthcare professional regulation.

Department of Health and Social Care


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