CoDH response to NMC nurse education consultation

14 September 2017

Following months of member engagement, the Council has responded to the NMC consultations on nurse proficiencies and education framework and prescribing and standards for medicines management

The Council has written to the NMC to thank the organisation for its positive engagement with our members on this important consultation. We have also highlighted key areas where members feel a strong focus is needed:

  • There must be capacity in the current workforce to support delivery of the new standards of proficiency. The NMC and others should advocate for sufficient resources for continuing professional development and mentor support
  • Implementation of new standards should not be delayed. AEIs need certainty to plan and staff the delivery of programmes based on the new proficiencies
  • The Council welcomes the less prescriptive, outcomes focused approach to the standards but has called for consistent outcomes to ensure the maintenance of high quality education provision.

The Council now intends to work with the NMC to produce joint guidance for early adopters. This work will be developed by the Council’s Future Nurse group led by Jan Draper, Vice Chair of the Council, and Trish Livsey, the Council’s executive lead for regulation.

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