Twitterchat: Education for future nurses and midwives, what does that look like to you?

31 July 2017

#NMCchat, with joint hosts @nmcnews and @councilofdeans

Date: Thursday 10 August 2017

Time: 12.00-13.00 hrs

If you missed our joint chat with the NMC on the future of education for nurses and midwives, you can catch up with it on Storify.


The NMC is currently consulting on:

These consultations will shape the future of nursing and how nurses and midwives are educated.

Further information about the consultations and how take part is available on the NMC website.

The consultations close on 12 September 2017.

The NMC wants to give nurses, midwives, education providers, employers, students, patients and members of the public an opportunity to get involved and share their views.

Twitterchat questions

We’ve come up with a few questions as a structure for the conversation:

  • Q.1 What are the challenges around implementation of the new Education framework and the proposed approach to learning and assessment?
  • Q.2 Will the proposals provide opportunities for a wider range of practice learning experiences?
  • Q.3 What are the risks and benefits in replacing mentorship with a supervisory model for practice learning for nurses and midwives?
  • Q.4 What supporting information might HEIs and placement providers need to implement the new approach to learning and assessment?
  • Q.5 Many patients already think all nurses can prescribe – should we be working towards that being the reality?
  • Q.6 Should all prescribers work to the same standards of competency regardless of profession?

Twitterchat basics

What is a Twitter chat?

A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour.

Why participate in a Twitter chat?

Twitter chats provide a chance to use Twitter professionally to share information and ideas, discuss topics with peers, network and grow your circle through shared interests.

How to participate in a Twitter chat

  • Join Twitter (if you haven’t already)
  • Read through the pre-chat information
  • Join the chat by searching for the hashtag #NMCchat
  • Feel free to just follow the conversation at first and perhaps introduce yourself
  • Join the conversation when you feel ready – remember to use the hashtag each time you tweet
  • If you miss anything during the chat, don’t worry – there will be a summary on Storify or you can search for the hashtag to see all the tweets again

Remember – even if this is your first Twitterchat don’t be afraid to join in!

About our hosts

Professor Trish Livsey, Council of Deans of Health Executive Lead Regulation and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at the University of Cumbria.

Dr Geraldine Walters, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Education, Standards and Policy at Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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