After 16 weeks, we've closed the consultation on our post-registration standards. The standards will help to make sure that specialist community and public health nurses get a great education that reflects contemporary practice, so people can access highly skilled, expert care, close to home.

We'd like to thank all those who took the time to take part in our consultation, or attended one of more than 60 webinars, drop-in sessions or panel discussions.

What happens next?

We’re committed to continuing to co-produce our new standards, now we move into the post-consultation phase. Over the next few months, teams of individuals from across the health and social care sectors will come together to make recommendations on how we should change our draft standards.

Their recommendations will be based on the updated evidence and consultation contributions you’ve given us. The teams will include practising professionals, students and educators, working alongside NMC colleagues.

The post-registration steering group will then consider these recommendations, before our Council reviews the standards and makes a decision about their adoption in a public meeting.

It's important to us that these standards can be the best they can be so our registrants to deliver highly skilled and expert care. As a result, the process of making sure we give the standards and consultation contributions the consideration and scrutiny they deserve will take several months.

Our draft standards