Nurses Rules, Approval Instrument, 1951

Publication Date:January 01, 1951
 
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1951No. 1372

The Nurses Rules, Approval Instrument, 1951

30thJuly1951

31stJuly1951

3rdAugust1951

M.H.68.

Whereas the General Nursing Council for England and Wales have, in pursuance of their powers under section 3 of the Nurses Registration Act, 1919(a), section 14 of the Nurses Act, 1943(b), and section 20 of the Nurses Act, 1949(c), made rules superseding the Nurses Rules, 1921 to 1950(d), and have submitted them to the Minister of Health for his approval:

Now therefore the Minister of Health in exercise of his powers under section 16 of the Nurses Act, 1943, and section 20 of the Nurses Act, 1949, and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby approves the said rules in the form set out in the schedule hereto.

This instrument may be cited as the Nurses Rules, Approval Instrument, 1951, and shall come into operation on the third day of August, 1951.

SCHEDULE

THE GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND AND WALES

The Nurses Acts, 1919 to 1949

The General Nursing Council for England and Wales in the exercise of their powers under section 3 of the Nurses Registration Act, 1919, section 14 of the Nurses Act, 1943, and section 20 of the Nurses Act, 1949, hereby make the following Rules:—

PART I

General

1. These Rules may be cited as the Nurses Rules, 1951.

2.—(1) In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires, the following expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them:—

"Approved Training Institution" means an Institution approved by the Council for the purpose of the training Rules as a Training School or as a part of a Training School;

"Preliminary Training School" means the department of an approved Training Institution in which student nurses receive preliminary instruction in the theory and practice of nursing prior to the commencement of their training in the wards;

"Registered fever nurse" means a nurse who is registered in the part of the Register containing the names of nurses trained in the nursing of persons suffering from infectious diseases;

(a) 9 & 10 Geo. 5. c. 94.

(b) 6 & 7 Geo. 6. c. 17.

(c) 12, 13 & 14 Geo. 6. c. 73.

(d) Text printed by A. & E. Walter, Ltd., 9–17, Tabernacle Street, London, E.C.2., subject to Amendments contained in Rules scheduled to S.I. 1949 (No. 1104) I, p. 2879; S.I. 1949 (No. 1994) I, p. 2894 and S.I. 1950 (No. 386) II, p. 121.

"Registered general nurse" means a nurse who is registered in the general part of the Register;

"Registered mental nurse" means a nurse who is registered in the part of the Register containing the names of nurses trained in the nursing and care of persons suffering from mental diseases;

"Registered nurse for mental defectives" means a nurse who is registered in the separate section of the last-mentioned part of the Register as trained in the nursing and training of the mentally defective;

"Registered nurse" means a nurse whose name is in the Register;

"Registered sick children's nurse" means a nurse who is registered in the part of the Register containing the names of nurses trained in the nursing of sick children;

"Student nurse" means a person who is for the time being undergoing training for admission to any part of the Register;

"The Act of 1919" means the Nurses Registration Act, 1919;

"The Certificate of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association" means a certificate issued by that Association certifying that the person named thereon, having been duly trained, has, after examination by the Association, shown that she has attained proficiency in mental nursing and/or in the nursing of mental defectives, as the case may be;

"The Council" means the General Nursing Council for England and Wales;

"The List" means the list of nurses kept by the Council under section 18 of the Nurses Act, 1943;

"The Minister" means the Minister of Health;

"The Register" means the Register of Nurses formed and kept by the Council;

"The Registrar" means the person for the time being appointed to act as Registrar of the Council under section 4 of the Act of 1919, and includes any person duly authorised to act and acting on her behalf;

"Training" means training (a) in an approved Training Institution, and in the case of training in a part of a Training School in accordance with a Scheme of Training approved by the Council; and (b) in accordance with the appropriate syllabus contained in the Third Schedule to these Rules;

(2) The Interpretation Act, 1889(a) applies to the interpretation of these Rules as it applies to the interpretation of an Act of Parliament, and in these Rules words importing the feminine gender include the masculine, unless the contrary intention appears.

3. The Nurses Rules, 1921 to 1950, are hereby revoked.

PART II

Formation and Maintenance of Register

4.—(1) The Register shall consist of the following parts, each containing the names of all nurses who satisfy the conditions of admission to that part:

(a) A general part;

(b) A part containing the names of nurses trained in the nursing and care of persons suffering from mental diseases, including a separate section in which shall be placed the names of nurses trained in the nursing and training of the mentally defective;

(c) A part containing the names of nurses trained in the nursing of sick children;

(d) A part containing the names of nurses trained in the nursing of persons suffering from infectious diseases.

(a) 52 & 53 Vict. c. 63.

(2) The Register shall contain the particulars set forth in the First Schedule to these Rules.

(3) Each person admitted to the Register shall be assigned a registration number in the part or parts of the Register in which her name is included.

(4) A nurse whose name is included in the Register shall notify to the Registrar every permanent change of address, and for the purposes of these Rules the address last so notified shall be deemed to be the registered address of the nurse.

5. Any person who is qualified under these Rules for admission to the Register, other than a person who is so qualified under Rules 18, 20, 21, or 22 of these Rules, and who desires to have her name included in the Register shall apply to the Registrar, on a form to be supplied by the Council, for admission to the Register, and at the time of such application shall pay a registration fee of three guineas in respect of each part of the Register in which her name is to be included. No applicant shall be entitled to have her name included in the Register unless she has produced such satisfactory references as to character as the Council may require.

Provided that where the applicant is an enrolled assistant nurse, who has applied for the deletion of her name from the Roll of assistant nurses kept by the Council, on admission to the Register, the registration fee payable by her under this Rule shall be a fee of one guinea only.

6.—(1) Where the name of any nurse was first included in the Register between the 1st day of January, 1950, and the 24th day of March, 1950, it shall be retained in the Register until the 31st day of December, 1951.

(2) Any such nurse who desires her name to be retained in the Register after the 31st day of December, 1951, shall apply for the retention of her name in the Register without limit of time, on payment of a fee in respect of each part of the Register in which she applies for retention, in accordance with the following table, based on the date, as the case may be, of her initial registration in England and Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland, or of her certification by the Royal Medico-Psychological Association:—

TABLE

Date of initial registration Fee required
 or certification £ s. d
 1921–25 … … … … 10 6
 1926–30 … … … … 1 1 0
 1931–35 … … … … 1 11 6
 1936–40 … … … … 2 2 0
 1941–47 … … … … 2 12 6
 1948 onwards … … 3 3 0

(3) If any such nurse fails to forward to the Registrar the said fee before the 31st day of October, 1951, the Registrar shall send to the registered address of such nurse a written notice informing her of the consequence of failure to pay the said fee, and if the nurse fails to forward the said fee by the 31st day of December, 1951, her name shall be deleted from the Register as from the beginning of the succeeding year, unless the Council for any special reason otherwise direct.

7.—(1) Where the name of a nurse has been deleted from the Register for other than disciplinary reasons, she shall be entitled to apply to have her name re-included in the appropriate part or parts of the Register. The application for re-inclusion shall be accompanied by a written explanation of the applicant's failure to apply for retention in the Register, and by a fee of ten shillings and sixpence together with the appropriate fee set out in the table contained in paragraph (2) of Rule 6 of these Rules, based on the date of her initial registration or certification, and if the Council are satisfied with the explanation offered by the applicant, and any references which they may reasonably require are satisfactory, they shall re-include her name in the appropriate part or parts of the Register.

(2) Where the name of a nurse has been deleted from the Register for disciplinary reasons, the procedure for reinclusion in the Register shall be that laid down in Part VI of these Rules.

8. The provisions of Rules 6 and 7 of these Rules shall apply to any nurse whose name was included in the List on the 24th day of March, 1950, or was deleted from the List prior to that date, or is subsequently thereto deleted from the List, as the case may be, as though for a reference in those Rules to the Register, there was a reference to the List, and as though the fee payable under paragraph (2) of Rule 6 was a fee of ten shillings and sixpence only in respect of each part of the List.

PART III

Admission to the Register

A. Conditions of admission by examination.

9.—(1) For the purposes of section 3 (2) (b) of the Act of 1919, an Institution shall be approved by the Council either:—

(a) as a Training School capable of...

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