EDI in the Code

The Code for nurses, midwives and nursing associates sets out our expectations that everyone on our register should recognise diversity, treat people as individuals and challenge discriminatory attitudes relating to people’s care.

Below, although not an exhaustive list, are some examples from the Code that set out our expectations.

EDI in the Code examples

1. Treat people as individuals and uphold their dignity

To achieve this, you must:

1.3 avoid making assumptions and recognise diversity and individual choice
1.5 respect and uphold people’s human rights.

3. Make sure that people’s physical, social and psychological needs are assessed and responded to

To achieve this, you must:

3.1 pay special attention to promoting wellbeing, preventing ill health and meeting the changing health and care needs of people during all life stages

3.4 act as an advocate for the vulnerable, challenging poor practice and discriminatory attitudes and behaviour relating to their care.

4. Act in the best interests of people at all times

To achieve this, you must:

4.1 balance the need to act in the best interests of people at all times with the requirement to respect a person’s right to accept or refuse treatment

4.3 keep to all relevant laws about mental capacity that apply in the country in which you are practising, and make sure that the rights and best interests of those who lack capacity are still at the centre of the decision-making process, and

4.4 tell colleagues, your manager and the person receiving care if you have a conscientious objection to a particular procedure and arrange for a suitably qualified colleague to take over responsibility for that person’s care.

EDI in our Standards

We set standards for a professional culture that values equality, diversity and inclusion. We're committed to ensuring that newly registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates are equipped to practise effectively in diverse and global environments by embedding consideration for health inequalities and understanding of diversity in patients and the public into our standards. 

EDI in our standards examples

Standard 6 of Future midwife: Standards of proficiency for midwives

At the point of registration, the midwife will be able to:

6.19 assess, plan and provide care that promotes and protects physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual safety for all women and newborn infants, including any need for safeguarding, recognising the diversity of individual circumstances.

Standard 1 of Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses

At the point of registration, the registered nurse will be able to:

1.14 provide and promote non-discriminatory, person-centred and sensitive care at all times, reflecting on people’s values and beliefs, diverse backgrounds, cultural characteristics, language requirements, needs and preferences, taking account of any need for adjustments.

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