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E+W+S+N.I.

Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979

1979 CHAPTER 36

An Act to establish a Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, and National Boards for the four parts of the United Kingdom; to make new provision with respect to the education, training, regulation and discipline of nurses, midwives and health visitors and the maintenance of a single professional register; to amend an Act relating to the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work; and for purposes connected with those matters.

[4th April 1979] F1

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F1Act repealed (except ss. 23(4), 24, Sch. 7) (19.6.1997) by 1997 c. 24, ss. 23(3), 24(2), Sch. 6

Commencement Information

I1Act partly in force at Royal Assent see s. 24(2); Act wholly in force 1 July 1983

The Central CouncilE+W+S+N.I.

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The National Boards and their relationship to the Central CouncilE+W+S+N.I.

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RegistrationE+W+S+N.I.

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Miscellaneous provisions about midwiferyE+W+S+N.I.

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Financial provisionsE+W+S+N.I.

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Miscellaneous and generalE+W+S+N.I.

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F6623 Interpretation and supplementary.E+W+S+N.I.

F66(1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F66(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F66(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)The enactments specified in Schedule 7 are amended as there specified

F66(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F66Act repealed (except ss. 23(4), 24, Sch. 7) (19.6.1997) by 1997 c. 24, ss. 23(3), 24(2), Sch. 7

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1The text of s. 23(4)(5), Sch. 1 Pt.II para. 5, Sch. 2 Pt. II para. 5, Sch. 7, Sch. 8 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and, except as specified, does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1. 2. 1991.

24 Citation, etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979.

(2)This Act, except section 21(2) and this section (which shall come into force on the passing of this Act), shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint; and different days may be appointed for different provisions of this Act.

(3)This Act extends to Northern Ireland.

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C2S. 24(2): power of appointment conferred by section 24(2) fully exercised: S.I. 1980/893; 1982/963, 1565; 1983/668

SCHEDULES

Schedule 1E+W+S+N.I. Constitution etc. of Central Council

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Section 1.

SCHEDULE 1E+W+S+N.I. Constitution etc. of Central Council

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Section 5.

SCHEDULE 2E+W+S+N.I. Constitution etc. of National Boards

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SCHEDULE 3E+W+S+N.I. Proceedings before Council and committees

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SCHEDULE 4N.I.

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Section 21.

SCHEDULE 5E+W+S+N.I. Transitional provisions, etc.

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Section 23(3).

SCHEDULE 6E+W+S+N.I. Adaptations for Northern Ireland and its National Board

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Section 23(4)

SCHEDULE 7E+W+S+N.I. Amendments of Enactments

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C7The text of s. 23(4)(5), Sch. 1 Pt.II para. 5, Sch. 2 Pt. II para. 5, Sch. 7, Sch. 8 is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and, except as specified, does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1. 2. 1991.

Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Act 1938 (c. 73)E+W+S+N.I.

[F921 In section 1(3)(d) of the Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Act 1938, for “ certified” substitute “ registered” . . . F93]E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F92Sch. 7 paras. 1-6 repealed (S.) (1.4.2002) by 2001 asp 8, s. 80(1), Sch. 4; S.S.I. 2002/162, art. 2 (subject to arts. 3-13)

2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F94E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F94Sch. 7 paras. 2, 3(b) 24, 25 repealed by Health Services Act 1980 (c.53, SIF 113:2), s. 25(4), Sch. 7; and Sch. 7 para. 2 expressed to be repealed (S.) (1.4.2002) by 2001 asp 8, s. 80(1), Sch. 4; S.S.I. 2002/162, art. 2 (subject to arts. 3-13)

[F953 In section 10—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)omit the definitions of “ qualified nurse” and “ certified midwife” ;

(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F96]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F95Sch. 7 paras. 1-6 repealed (S.) (1.4.2002) by 2001 asp 8, s. 80(1), Sch. 4; S.S.I. 2002/162, art. 2 (subject to arts. 3-13)

Nurses (Scotland) Act 1951 (c.55)E+W+S+N.I.

[F974 In section 27 of the Nurses (Scotland) Act 1951—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)in subsection (1), for paragraphs (a) to (c) substitute—

(a)registered nurses and registered midwives; andand make paragraph (d) into paragraph (b);

(b)in subsection (3) for “ registered nurse” substitute “ registered and qualified nurse”.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F97Sch. 7 paras. 1-6 repealed (S.) (1.4.2002) by 2001 asp 8, s. 80(1), Sch. 4; S.S.I. 2002/162, art. 2 (subject to arts. 3-13)

[F985 In section 29 for “ registered nurse” substitute “ registered and qualified nurse”.]E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F98Sch. 7 paras. 1-6 repealed (S.) (1.4.2002) by 2001 asp 8, s. 80(1), Sch. 4; S.S.I. 2002/162, art. 2 (subject to arts. 3-13)

[F996 In section 32, omit the definition of “ certified midwife”.]E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F99Sch. 7 paras. 1-6 repealed (S.) (1.4.2002) by 2001 asp 8, s. 80(1), Sch. 4; S.S.I. 2002/162, art. 2 (subject to arts. 3-13)

Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 (c. 20)E+W+S+N.I.

[F1006A In section 33—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)in section (5) omit the words from the beginning to “this section and” and for the word “him” substitute “ the Secretary of State ”; and

(b)in subsection (6) omit the words from the beginning to “is exercised and”.]

7 In section 11(1) and (1A) of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953, for “ certified midwife” substitute “ registered midwife ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Nurses Agencies Act 1957 (c.16)E+W+S+N.I.

[F1018 In section 1 of the Nurses Agencies Act 1957—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)in subsection (1), for paragraphs (a) to (c) substitute—

(a)registered nurses and registered midwives; andand make paragraph (d) into paragraph (b);

(b)in subsection (3), for “ registered nurse” substitute “ registered and qualified nurse”.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F101Sch. 7 paras. 8-10 repealed (1.1.2003 for E. and otherwiseprosp.) by 2000 c. 14, ss. 117(2), 122, Sch. 6; S.I. 2001/4150, art. 3(4) (subject to transitional provisions in art. 4 and S.I. 2002/1493, art. 4 and as amended (31.5.2002) by S.I. 2002/1790, art. 3); as amended (29.7.2002) by S.I. 2002/2001, art. 4

[F1029In section 3(2), for “ registered nurse” substitute “ registered and qualified nurse”.]E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F102Sch. 7 paras. 8-10 repealed (1.1.2003 for E. and otherwiseprosp.) by 2000 c. 14, ss. 117(2), 122, Sch. 6; S.I. 2001/4150, art. 3(4) (subject to transitional provisions in art. 4 and S.I. 2002/1493, art. 4 and as amended (31.5.2002) by S.I. 2002/1790, art. 3); as amended (29.7.2002) by S.I. 2002/2001, arts. 2(3), 3

[F10310In section 8, omit the definitions of “ certified midwife” “ enrolled nurse” and “ registered nurse” , and the word “ and” immediately preceding the latter.]E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F103Sch. 7 paras. 8-10 repealed (1.1.2003 for E. and otherwiseprosp.) by 2000 c. 14, ss. 117(2), 122, Sch. 6; S.I. 2001/4150, art. 3(4) (subject to transitional provisions in art. 4 and S.I. 2002/1493, art. 4 and as amended (31.5.2002) by S.I. 2002/1790, art. 3); as amended (29.7.2002) by S.I. 2002/2001, arts. 2(3), 3

Health Visiting and Social Work (Training) Act 1962 (c. 33)E+W+S+N.I.

[F10411In paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to the Health Visiting and Social Work (Training) Act 1962, for “ General Nursing Council for England and Wales” substitute “ United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting ”.]E+W+S+N.I.

Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965 (c.49)E+W+S+N.I.

12 In section 21(2) and (3) of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965, for “ certified midwife” substitute “ registered midwife ”.E+W+S+N.I.

13 Omit section 21(6)E+W+S+N.I.

Medicines Act 1968 (c. 67)E+W+S+N.I.

14 In section 11 of the Medicines Act 1968—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)in subsection (1) for “ a registered nurse or as a certified midwife” substitute “ a registered and qualified nurse or a registered midwife ” ;

(b)omit subsection (2).

Commissioner for Complaints Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 (c. 25 N.I.)E+W+S+N.I.

F10515. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Nursing Homes and Nursing Agencies Act (Northern Ireland) 1971 (c.32 N.I.)E+W+S+N.I.

F10616. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F106Sch. 7 paras. 16-18 repealed (1. 4. 1993) by S.I. 1992/3204 (N.I. 20), art. 38, Sch. 2; S.R. 1993/75, art.2

F10717. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F107Sch. 7 paras. 16-18 repealed (1. 4. 1993) by S.I. 1992/3204 (N.I. 20), art. 38, Sch.2; S.R. 1993/75, art.2

F10818. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F108Sch. 7 paras. 16-18 repealed (1. 4. 1993) by S.I. 1992/3204 (N.I. 20), art. 38, Sch.2; S.R. 1993/75, art.2

F10919. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

F10920. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

F10921. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

F10922. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

[F11023 In section 4(e) of the Nursing Homes Act 1975 for “ certified” substitute “ registered ” and for “ pupil midwife” substitute “ student midwife ” ; and at the end of section 4 insert—E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In relation to any nursing home, a person is to be treated as a qualified nurse if he possesses such qualifications as the Secretary of State considers to be requisite in the provision of nursing care for patients in that home.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F110Sch. 7 para. 23 repealed (E.W.) by Registered Homes Act 1984 (c.23, SIF 113:3), s. 57, Sch. 3

24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F111E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F111Sch. 7 paras. 2, 3(b) 24, 25 repealed by Health Services Act 1980 (c.53, SIF 113:2), s. 25(4), Sch. 7

25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F112E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

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F112Sch. 7 paras. 2, 3(b) 24, 25 repealed by Health Services Act 1980 (c.53, SIF 113:2), s. 25(4), Sch. 7

Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (c. 65)E+W+S+N.I.

26 In paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 4 to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, for the words “ the issue” to “ section 20” substitute “ registration as midwives under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979 ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976 (c. 34)E+W+S+N.I.

27 In Schedule 1 to the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976, for paragraph 6 substitute—E+W+S+N.I.

6.The service of nurses.

National Health Service Act 1977 (c.49)E+W+S+N.I.

28 In section 128(1) of the National Health Service Act 1977 omit the definition of “ certified midwife” and “ registered nurse” ; and in Schedule 4, paragraph 1 (5) (c), for “ certified” substitute “ registered ”E+W+S+N.I.

National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (c. 29)E+W+S+N.I.

29 In section 108(1) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978, omit the definitions of “ certified midwife” and “ registered nurse”.E+W+S+N.I.

Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30)E+W+S+N.I.

30 In Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978 (words and expressions defined) at the appropriate place in alphabetical order insert—E+W+S+N.I.

Registered” in relation to nurses, midwives and health visitors, means registered in the register maintained by the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting by virtue of qualifications in nursing, midwifery or health visiting, as the case may be.

Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978 (c. 44)E+W+S+N.I.

F11331. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

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F113Sch. 7 para. 31 repealed (10.6.1994) by 1993 (c. 19), s. 51, Sch. 10; S.I. 1994/1365, art. 2, Sch.

32—33. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F114E+W+S+N.I.

Health and Personal Social Services Order (Northern Ireland) 1972 (S.I. 1972/1265 (N.I.14))E+W+S+N.I.

34 In Article 17(1) of the Health and Personal Social Services Order (Northern Ireland) 1972, after sub-paragraph (c), insert—E+W+S+N.I.

(d)provide such facilities and accommodation for persons training with a view to qualification for registration as nurses and midwives as the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Northern Ireland may require in discharging functions under section 6(1)(a) of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979; .

F11535. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W+S+N.I.

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Amendments (Textual)

Births and Deaths Registration (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (S.I. 1976/1042 (N.I. 15))E+W+S+N.I.

36 In Article 2(2) of the Births and Deaths Registration (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 omit the definition of “ midwife” ; and in Article 15 for “ midwife” substitute “ registered midwife ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (S.I. 1976/1042 (N.I. 15))E+W+S+N.I.

37 In paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 5 to the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, for the words from “ the issue” to “ Article 22)” substitute “ registration as midwives under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979 ”.E+W+S+N.I.

Industrial Relations (No.2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (S.I. 1976/2147 (N.I. 28))E+W+S+N.I.

[F11638 In Article 15(4) of the Industrial Relations (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, for “ certified midwife” substitute “ registered midwife ”; and in Article 32 omit the definition of “ certified midwife”.]E+W+S+N.I.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F116Sch. 7 para. 38 repealed (7.2.1994 except for specified purposes and 1.7.1994 otherwise) by S.I. 1993/2668 (N.I. 11), art. 18(4), Sch.8; S.R. 1993/476, art.2, Sch.; S.R. 1994/215, art. 2(1)

Section 23(5)

SCHEDULE 8E+W+S+N.I. Repeals