Nursing and Midwifery Council Registrant Data is an emerging UK-wide dataset led by ADR Scotland. By utilising registrant data, collected by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as part of their regulatory duties, ADR Scotland hopes to contribute to and enhance the evidence  base to support nurses and midwives.  

The nursing and midwifery professions are facing challenges on recruitment and retention, and innovative solutions will be required if services are to be sustainable in the long-term. To practise in the UK, all nurses and midwives must be registered with the NMC. Further, they must ‘revalidate’ every three years to demonstrate their practice is up to date. Resulting data creates a longitudinal dataset which can answer key policy questions, both on its own and when linked to other data. Over the last year, ADR Scotland has worked closely with colleagues from NMC and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to make this UK-wide data resource accessible for approved projects.  

The data will shortly be available through the ONS Secure Research Service. A linkage with data from the Census 2021 for England and Wales is in progress. This has the potential to facilitate understanding of the social dimensions of these key professions.  

Public and policy engagement have been important elements of this work, with a series of ongoing events and an advisory group. This is helping to ensure that people’s views are represented and that key questions for analysis are identified. Next stages include initial data analysis and the development of data resources to support users. ADR Scotland looks forward to continuing and widening these collaborations to support this crucial workforce.