David Foster, Chair, Post-registration standards steering group (PRSSG)

“It has been a privilege to be the independent chair for this review of post-registration standards. This is a once in a generation chance to modernise this part of the NMC’s regulatory framework. The new standards will protect patients and the public and will also create new opportunities for the profession to practise in an ever changing environment.

I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to drafting the new standards – it has not been easy for all sorts of reasons, but the energy and commitment of all those involved has been amazing. It is now time to consult on these new draft standards. They are an impressive start but they are not cast in concrete – your contribution to this consultation could help improve them.

I am on record as saying this consultation must be ‘meaningful’ and I genuinely hope you will be able to give us your views. The consultation questions have been crafted to help make the process as smooth as possible for you. Although it is a difficult time, please tell us what you think and help us make the new standards purposeful for the next generation. Thank you.”

Deborah Edmonds, independent chair for occupational health nursing, and Global Vice President for Health Risk Management and Workplace Adjustments at Barclays

“As occupational health nurses, we’re in a unique position to influence beyond the health and care sector into workplaces across the UK. This consultation is a great opportunity for us to shape the future of our profession. We need to take this opportunity and demonstrate the ambition we all have for our profession. I’m proud to have been involved in developing these new ambitious draft standards that have the potential to really redefine occupational health nursing. However, it’s only through the involvement of occupational health nurses working in a wide range of settings across the country that we’ll find out if they really work.”

Barbara Morgan independent chair for school nursing, Hywel Dda UHB – SDM/Senior Nurse School Nursing and Childhood Immunisations

“School nurses lead services which aim to improve the health and wellbeing of the school age population and they are champions for children’s rights. We work collaboratively across health, education and other services and are an integral part of a broader evidence based public health service. Through health education, health promotion and early interventions, school nurses are committed to reducing health inequalities across the life course. I’d encourage all those working in school nursing to get involved and help shape these new standards. With your input, we can maximise our opportunity as school nurses to support improvements in physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing in our population. This is about the future of school nursing – have your say."

Jane Harris, independent chair for health visiting and Programme Director, NHS Education for Scotland

“We’re at a really important stage in the process. We have a set of draft standards and we really need to know what you think. It’s an opportunity for everybody to have their say. I know how passionate health visitors are about your profession and how deeply you care about the families, the individuals, the parents and the communities you serve. Our professional standards shape who we are, what we do and the impact we have. Wherever you are in your career, I know you’ll have something important to share. So have your say, let the NMC know what you think and let’s make these standards the best they can possibly be.”

Owen Barr, independent chair for community nursing and Professor of Nursing and Intellectual Disabilities at Ulster University

“It’s great to see the launch of the consultation on the draft specialist practice proficiencies and educational framework for all community nurses. These standards build on the Future Nurse standards and provide the opportunity for a major step forward to develop robust standards to reflect the valued and central role of all community nurses supporting people and their families across a wide range of community-based settings. These draft standards recognise the central role of all community nurses now and provide the flexibility for community nursing to grow further in new and emerging services. The development of these draft documents emphasis that all community nurses are equally valued and has been made possible by consultation and wide feedback from a broad range of nurses, people who are supported by community nurses, nurse managers and nurse educators across the UK. During this extended consultation period, I encourage people to read and reflect on these documents for themselves and share further feedback that will help refine these draft documents so that they will provide solid foundations for the practice and education of specialist practice community nurses into the future.”

Gwendolen Bradshaw, independent chair programme standards group

“The NMC is developing new standards of proficiency and new programme standards for both SCPHN and SPQs that will be applicable across all four countries of the UK. The launch of the consultation on the draft standards is an important landmark in the development journey we are collectively undertaking.

The proposed programme standards have benefited from the invaluable input from so many practitioners. Therefore, I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the drafting of the standards to date. Through the consultation, I look forward to hearing from a wider audience.

Understandably, the pandemic we’re currently experiencing may make it more challenging to find the time to read through the draft standards and to provide feedback. Yet I would urge you to take a look at them and even if you are not able to read the documents in full, to provide whatever feedback you can. Your participation is this will be so appreciated because this consultation offers an important opportunity to help shape our professional standards for the future.

These are your standards for your profession and your insight and vision can make all the difference to their development. We’re developing standards for a very fast changing and unpredictable future, so please be as creative and innovative as possible in your thoughts towards this feedback.

It’s over to you and I look forward to your response to the consultation. Every response will be read and considered and will be treated with the absolute professional discretion it deserves.”