NMC Initiates INMA Forum for Global Nursing Voices in the UK

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of the UK has launched a pioneering initiative to support internationally educated and diaspora nurses and midwives in the UK. Recognizing the growing reliance on these professionals within the healthcare sector, the NMC has established the International Nursing and Midwifery Associations (INMA) forum. This forum aims to gather insights and improve conditions for overseas healthcare workers who play a crucial role in the UK’s medical landscape.Recent data indicates a significant increase in the number of healthcare professionals from abroad, with almost half of new registrants last year having trained overseas. These individuals often face unique challenges, including discrimination and lack of respect in the workplace, which can hinder their ability to provide effective care. The INMA forum will meet biannually, serving as a vital platform for representatives from various international associations to collaborate and advocate for their needs. It is designed not only to foster dialogue but also to directly influence the NMC’s strategic decisions, ensuring that the experiences and expertise of these professionals inform regulatory practices and policy-making. Sam Foster, the executive director of professional practice at the NMC and chair of the advisory group supporting the forum, emphasized the importance of this initiative. “It’s paramount that these professionals can practice in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment,” Foster stated. This sentiment was echoed by Ofrah Muflahi, an advisory group member, who praised the NMC for recognizing and valuing the contributions of diaspora professionals.

By addressing these challenges head-on, the INMA forum is set to play a crucial role in enhancing the working conditions for internationally educated nurses and midwives, thereby improving the overall quality of healthcare in the UK.

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