A Letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Do you remember me telling you about the article in Optimum Nutrition magazine about colonic irrigation?  The practioner concerned puts the letters “SRN” after her name. I checked online with the nursing register and also telephoned the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  However, there no trace of our colonic irrigationist or whatever the technical terms for such people is.

Now I would not want any of you to call me a grass, but I felt duty bound to write to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  After all surely they would not want anyone promoting colonic irrigation putting the letters “SRN” after their name?

They kindly replied to my letter.  It turns out that claiming to be on the nursing register when you are not is an offence under article 44 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

“It is important,” the writer of my letter declared, ” (…) for nurses and midwives to distinguish between their qualifications and registration status.  Nurse and midwives who allow their registration to lapse can still refer to the fact they are a qualified nurse or midwife but must not give the impression that they have a current registration.”

“However, [Ms X] is not committing any offence in using SRN after her name as this is not a title protected under the Order and is in effect the qualification awarded.”

Now, over the past year I have learnt a lot about the regulation of health professionals. I know what the the letters GMC, HPC, NTC and NMC stand for.  SRN, as I am sure you know, stands for state registered nurse.  The average member of the public such as myself see those letters and imagines there is some kind of registration in place. It would appear from the letter the NMC sent me that there is not.  They claim SRN refers to the qualification. I would have thought the nursing qualification would have been the original degree or diploma awarded on qualification.  However, it is not for me to tell the NMC how to regulate their profession.

So there you have it.  The magazine of the Institute for Optimum can publish an article encouraging you to visit some one who has not bothered to keep her registration up-to-date.   Still, hardly surprising really given how few of their members including their founder have bothered to study for qualifications that would enable themselves to be REGISTERED members of the Nutrition Society.

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One Response to “A Letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council”

  1. dvnutrix Says:

    “However, [Ms X] is not committing any offence in using SRN after her name as this is not a title protected under the Order and is in effect the qualification awarded.”

    None of this registration/qualification business is straightforward and it is confusing. However, good to know that you received a response to your enquiry.

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