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Fitness to practise cost analysis a priority for NMBI

The NMBI plan stated that, following on from this analysis, it intends to develop a list of opportunities and recommendations with the Department of Health to ensure the regulator delivers “the best possible value for money”.

The plan also identified the need to enable registrants to make phased payments of the annual retention fee, a reform that was subsequently implemented via an online facility in June.

The NMBI business plan also describes the development of improved or new software systems to support the organisation as “critical” to the delivery of  “continued improvements in value for money and processing efficiencies”.

“The most important priority is the delivery of a replacement for the current system that is used to manage the registrant database,” according to the business plan. “The new registration system is planned to go live in 2018 but the critical work in relation to specifying requirements and completing the tender must be delivered in 2017. More efficient and quicker processing of registrations will be supported by better software systems.”

The plan also described a number of other important goals, such as agreeing a policy for the professional competence scheme with the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, establishing a health committee as part of the FTP process, and undertaking organisational reform.

Total projected income for 2017 was just over €9 million, with just over €6.34 million generated from annual retention fees. Projected income from overseas applications and registrations was approximately €2 million.

Total payroll expenditure was forecasted at €3.23 million, according to the document, with wages and salaries accounting for €2.495 million.

An estimate of FTP-related expenditure for 2017 was €2.76 million, while the largest projected outlay in other corporate and support costs was “professional fees and organisational development costs” (€753,210).

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