What are post-registration standards?

Nurses working in the community deliver excellent care every day. They do this across settings including people's homes, hospices, care homes, prisons, schools, workplaces, GP surgeries and clinics.

Community and public health nurses provide support and advice to keep people healthy, and care and treatment for us when we're at our most vulnerable, enabling us to live at home without compromising on safe, kind and effective care.

Once a nurse or midwife is registered with us, they can gain further NMC qualifications to specialise in different areas within the community. This includes additional education and training to enable them to work as:

  • health visitors
  • occupational health nurses
  • school nurses
  • community children's nurses
  • community learning disabilities nurses
  • community mental health nurses
  • district nurses or
  • general practice nurses.

Our post-registration standards are the standards of proficiency and the programme standards we set for these roles. This is to make sure the nurses and midwives who qualify have the right knowledge, skills and attributes to deliver high quality care now and in the future.

Why we're reviewing these standards

The pandemic has shone a new light on the role of community nurses. They've adapted to new challenges and new ways of working, keeping people out of hospital and providing reassurance for our communities.

As the professional regulator of almost 725,000 nurses and midwives in the UK, we have an important role to play in setting and promoting the high standards of care we all expect. We set ambitious standards for specialist nurses working in the community, for example district nurses and health visitors.

We've been working with people who receive care, nurses and other groups to develop new standards to reflect how modern care is delivered.

Our new standards will support specialist nurses to provide expert care for people at home, in the community, visiting a GP surgery or accessing local public health services.

Why we need your input

We want as many people as possible to tell us what you need from a specialist nurse and what's most important to you when you’re receiving support and care.

Your views will help us develop new standards that will shape the education and ongoing development of community and public health nurses, seeking to improve people's wellbeing.