The Code for nurses and midwives

The Code and resources

The Code publication coverThe Code presents the professional standards that nurses and midwives must uphold in order to be registered to practise in the UK.

Effective from 31 March 2015, this Code reflects the world in which we live and work today, and changing roles and expectations of nurses and midwives. It is structured around four themes – prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust. Developed in collaboration with many who care about good nursing and midwifery, the Code can be used by nurses and midwives as a way of reinforcing their professionalism. Failure to comply with the Code may bring their fitness to practise into question.

Download the Code in Welsh 

Additional information on conscientious objection

What the Code means for patients and employers

front cover of publicationGood care from Nurses and midwives’explains what a professional Code means for patients and service users and the kind of care they can expect.

Download this leaflet in Welsh.

We have also produced an easyread version of the leaflet 
Download the easyread version in Welsh.


front cover of publicationThe new NMC Code - Professional staff, quality services’ shows how the professional standards and principles of the Code are important to employers of nurses and midwives.

Download this leaflet in Welsh.




Code resources

We have produced a series of A3 posters about the revised Code. Download these posters in Welsh .

This slide deck [PPT] introduces the Code. Download this slide deck in Welsh [PPT].

Our FAQs document outlines the role the Code has in our work and what it means for nurses and midwives. It also describes what the Code includes and why it has been reviewed. Download these FAQs in Welsh

Previous version of the Code

Published in 2008, the previous version of the Code set the standards for nurses and midwives until 31 March 2015.

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