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NMC Revised Code Published today

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today published a revised Code which places public expectations at the heart of good nursing and midwifery practice. 

The Code will be sent to all nurses and midwives before it becomes effective on 31 March 2015.

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said:
“The Code sets out the professional standards for nurses and midwives. When someone joins the NMC’s register, they are committing to uphold these standards when they practice.”

“The Code will strike a chord with the nurses and midwives who already demonstrate these principles in their practice. It will put patients at the heart of practice, and will help us to protect the public better.”

The revised Code builds on the content of the current version, which was published in 2008. Jackie Smith continued:

“Public expectations of care have changed radically since the Code was last reviewed in 2008. It is essential that the Code reflects patients’ needs, modern healthcare practice, and the recommendations of reviews such as the Francis Inquiry.”

The Code has been written with the input of many patients, carers, nurses and midwives. It is shaped around four statements, which state that good nurses and midwives will:
  • Prioritise people, 
  • Practise effectively, 
  • Preserve safety, and 
  • Promote professionalism and trust. 
The Code will be central to revalidation, which is a series of three-yearly checks that the NMC is introducing at the end of 2015.
Source 29.1.15

Download the Revised Code 
Implementing the 
NMC Revised Codefor Nurses and Midwives
Tuesday 19 May 2015, London
Chaired by Howard Catton Director of Policy Royal College of Nursing and with an opening presentation by Jackie Smith Chief ExecutiveNursing and Midwifery Council this conference will focus on implementing the revised code and will also look at the role of the code in revalidation, learning from pilot sites demonstrating compliance with the code in practice. The conference includes case studies and extended expert sessions covering the following topics:
  • the new code: what has changed?
  • how do we change culture and attitudes to the code: how do we move from just using it for disciplinary purposes?
  • supporting nurses to self assess against the new code
  • how can we check nurses and midwives continue to meet the NMC standards and the revised code in terms of conduct and competence?
  • situations that could form grounds for an allegation of lack of fitness to practise
  • meeting the duty of candour and applying being open principles in nursing
  • meeting the code on social media: do's and don'ts
  • how the new code changes things from a legal perspective
Speakers include:
Howard Catton Head of Policy Royal College of Nursing
Jackie Smith Chief Executive Nursing and Midwifery Council
Eileen Sills CBE Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Helen Young Director of Nursing and Midwifery Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Elaine Spencer Serious Incident Investigator Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust
Anne Cooper Clinical Informatics Advisor (Nursing) NHS England National Clinical Lead for NursingDepartment of Health, Informatics Directorate
Penny Maudsley Barrister Alexander Chambers
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29 January 2015


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