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NMAC Terms of Reference

The duties carried out by NMAC, on behalf of their regulatory and professional bodies are to:

  • strategically lead the nursing profession on the Island;
  • advise on matters relating to the service with which the NMAC are responsible for providing;
  • advise upon any questions referred to them by the Department relating to those services; and
  • ensure a strategic planning approach to education, training and development for nurses, midwives and health visitors on the Island.

NMAC will also: 

1) Discuss and Agree:

New or changes to education and development, which impacts on all areas of nursing and midwifery.  For example:-

  1. Safeguarding
  2. Leadership
  3. Nurse Practitioner Training
  4. Advanced Practitioner Training
  5. Specialist Nurse Training
  6. Assistant Practitioner Role

Proposed introduction of/or changes to nursing and midwifery roles or titles as identified in business cases to ensure parity across health.  E.g. the development of consultant roles.

In instances when it is proposed that posts will be converted to non-nursing posts or into nursing posts, to ensure understanding of accountability for these roles.

2) For Noting:

  1. All vacant nursing/midwifery posts band 8a and above prior to advert
  2. Any organisational or structural changes to pre-registration training, including the number of students per cohort, recruitment, changes to content of the curriculum

3) Additional Responsibility:

Representatives of NMAC who sit on the Learning Strategy Group will ensure appropriate briefing of all issues discussed and decisions made to facilitate effective two way communication.

Matters relating to the management and terms and conditions of service are seen as being outside the NMAC remit.

Constitution of the Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee

1) Membership

  • Chief Nurse, Chair
  • Nominated Matron, Director of Nursing, Elder Grange Nursing Home
  • Nominated GP Practice Nurse, Snaefell Group Practice
  • Director of Community Nursing
  • Head of Nursing and Higher Education
  • Associate Chief Nurse (Acute and Hospital Services)
  • Head of Midwifery
  • Nurse Manager, EMI Services
  • Head of Nursing, Mental Health Services
  • Matron, Hospice
  • Ramsey Service Lead, Ramsey District and Cottage Hospital
  • Occupational Health Service Manager
  • Health Protection Nurse, Public Health
  • Nominated Student Representative
  • Nominated Senior Health Care Assistant Representative

NMAC performs its function in 4 ways:

1) Advisory role – development advice

The NMAC will provide advice when they identify an issue of professional importance or in response to Departmental requests. The advice will be in the form of minutes of discussions, formal reports, written or verbal responses.

2) Consultative role – consulting on advice developed by others

Papers will come to the NMAC from within the Department and from members of the NMAC and professional bodies. Council members will comment on drafts prior to wider consultation. It will be necessary to interpret and/or adapt UK policy/reports in relation to professional nursing, midwifery and health visiting matters or associated healthcare issues within the Isle of Man context.

3) Monitoring role – alerting both the Minister and the Department to future developments

The NMAC will ensure complience with the NMC revalidation and appraisal processes; will take stock of development and professional practice and advise the Minister and the Department of any professional issues that have implications to the provision of healthcare on the Isle of Man.

4) Political Settlement – Influence and respond to political questions

Ensure that an NMAC response is provided to the Department on political matters that will affect nursing on the Isle of Man wherever possible.

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