459. Functions of the Council.

The principal functions of the Nursing and Midwifery Council1 are to establish from time to time standards of education, training, conduct and performance for nurses, midwives and nursing associates and to ensure the maintenance of those standards2. The over-arching objective of the Council in exercising its functions is the protection of the public3. In exercising its functions, the Council must: (1) have proper regard to the interests of persons using or needing the services of registrants in the United Kingdom4 and any differing interests of different categories of registrants5; and (2) co-operate6, in so far as is appropriate and