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New Code comes into force for every nurse and midwife

New Code comes into force for every nurse and midwife

Nursing and Midwifery Council

2 min read Partner content

The Nursing and Midwifery Council introduces a new code of practice, which sets out its expectations for its members and has protecting the public at its heart.  

Every nurse and midwife in the UK will, from today, practice in line with a revised Code from their regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The new guidelines set out the professional standards expected of nurses and midwives and focus on four central themes.

These themes call on them to prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust.

Other changes seek to encourage a more open and responsive environment through reinforcing a duty of candour and emphasising the need to raise concerns without delay.   

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, hailed the changes as “a landmark day for every nurse and midwife in the UK, and for the people they care for.

“The Code is fundamental to protecting the public. It sets out what patients want from nurses and midwives, and puts public expectations at the centre of professional practice.

“We last changed the Code seven years ago. Since then, the way that care is delivered has changed; public expectations have changed; and key reports like the Francis Inquiry have permanently altered the healthcare landscape. The revised Code reflects modern needs.”

The Code is central to revalidation, which the NMC is launching in October 2015 to check that nurses and midwives are up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers.

Jackie Smith added: “The Code and revalidation are key to improving or affirming professional practice and protecting the people in the care of nurses and midwives.”

In addition to the Code, the NMC has also updated its guidance for nurses and midwives on raising concerns and has issued new guidance on the responsible use of social media.