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NEWS: NMC Publishes Draft nurse education and assessment standards

The NMC are developing new education standards for the future registered nurse and midwife. These are the standards for competency that all nursing and midwifery students must meet before they can come on to the register. The NMC are also looking at how education is delivered in theory and in practice, and developing a new framework for education providers.

We need to ensure that student nurses and midwives are meeting the requirements in a safe and effective learning environment. That’s why we are undertaking an independent review of our quality assurance function.

The standards for prescribing, return to practice and medicines management are all under review as well. Later on in the programme we will look at post-registration education, including our Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) and Specialist Practitioner Qualifications (SPQs).

The NMC plan to hold a full public consultation on the draft education framework in spring 2017 and anticipate that the final set of requirements will be published by early 2018.  Adoption of the new framework will take place by institutions and organisations from the 2018/2019 academic year.


On the 21 May 2017 the NMC Council discussed the future nurse standards and education framework: consultation.

NMC Council Papers Including the draft standards:

“The standards will include an extensive list of technical skills that all nurses will be required to learn, as well as a list of communication skills, regardless of their field of practice.” Nursing times, May 2017

The NMC Council papers state: “The new standards will set out the proficiencies required for the future registered nurse at the point of entry to the register. These new proficiencies are ambitious in setting out the enhanced knowledge and skills that people can expect from nurses in the future.”

Consultation questions will be arranged under the following categories:

  • Draft standards of proficiency for the future registered nurse
  • Draft education framework: standards for education and training
  • Draft requirements for learning and assessment
  • Draft programme requirements for pre registration nursing
  • Draft programme requirements for nurse and midwife prescribing
  • Draft nurse and midwife prescribing
  • Standards for medicines management
  • Programme of change for education – equality, diversity and inclusion
  • ‘About you.’ This section will ask a range of questions about who is responding for example, individual/organisation, role, location (four country), as well as requesting our normal ethnicity and diversity monitoring data.

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Future events of interest:

Developing the role of the Nursing Associate
Friday 9 June 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Effective Discharge Planning and Practice
Monday 10 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing on the Wards
Thursday 13 July 2017 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Ward Manager Summit: Developing your skills as an Effective Ward Manager
Friday 14 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Safe Staffing Summit: A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix
Friday 14 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing in Cardiology
Monday 18 September 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Friday 29 September 2017 
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Deteriorating Patient Summit
Monday 16 October 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Nurse Clinics 2017
Monday 20 November 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

22 May 2017


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