The Nursing Team – NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council)
The NMC is an independent regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England. More information can be found in their – 2020-2025 strategy – Regulate, support, influence
NMC – Setting professional standards
The NMC provide Guidance on professional standards via the code of conduct, define the knowledge and skills requirement for members on the register via the Standards of proficiencies, and set standards of training provided via universities and educational providers via the Standards for education and training, the following video explains how the code and standards work together.
NMC – Code of Conduct
This code outlines the professional standards that nurses, midwives and nurse associates must uphold in order to be registered to practice in the UK: you can access the full document here
The code is structured around four themes – prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust.
You’ll see that The NMC has changed the look of the Code. This is in line with some changes they have made to their visual identity to be more accessible, modern and to help them communicate better with their members. Importantly, the content of the Code hasn’t changed, so members can continue to use your existing copy if they have already printed it. (NMC, 2022).
All nurses working in primary care must be registered with the NMC to work in practice. More details can be accessed by clicking https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/
The NMC has produced a short animation reminding nurses and midwives of the different ways they can pay their registration fee to avoid lapsing from the register. This video can be accessed by clicking on the NMC web page – https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/staying-on-the-register/paying-your-fee/ or by clicking on the image below.
Managing concerns: a resource for employers
NMC Guidance for employers – when to refer to the NMC.
The NMC have produced a resource for employers to support them effectively responding to concerns about a nurse, midwife or a nursing associate’s practice. The aim of the document is to ensure that appropriate referrals are made to the NMC following active management at a local level. This will hopefully facilitate a more rapid response to any fitness to practice concerns.
In June 2022, the NMC held a webinar for employers which addressed recent changes, shared some good practice from an employer, and explained likely changes in the future for fitness to practise, this can be reviewed here.