We regulate nurses

Across the United Kingdom, we regulate around 660,000 nurses. Each one plays an integral part in giving compassionate, evidence-based, and person-centred care.

Our nurses have their own part of the NMC register, as well as their own education standards and standards of proficiency.

In order to be registered with us to practise in the UK, every nurse is expected to uphold these professional standards and with the Code.

In May 2018, we published our ambitious new standards of proficiency for registered nurses to reflect the changes taking place in society and health care, and the implications these changes have for registered nurses. 

This was to ensure that our professionals of the future are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver high quality in the years to come.

These standards are also designed to support nurses to practice competently with diverse communities, to address health inequalities, and to recognise and challenge discrimination.

View all our nursing standards

Our nursing adviser

Our Senior Nursing Education Advisor works with us in the Professional Practice Directorate. She advises the NMC on strategy, policy and education about nursing and provides the support for the ongoing development and implementation of the education and practice standards, and the Code of conduct that regulate the practice of nurses and midwives throughout the UK, and nursing associates in England.

Sue West trained in London, qualifying as a registered nurse in 1982, and progressed her career clinically in cardiothoracic nursing and critical care, before moving into higher education.


She previously held senior roles such as Principal Lecturer in Critial Care Nursing and Dean of the Faculty of Society & Health at Buckinghamshire New University.

Sue has worked closely with practice partners, key education reference groups, including the Council of Deans for Health influencing the changing health education landscape.  

Key resources for nurses

We've developed a number of useful documents and resources designed to support nurses across the UK and explain recent changes to our standards.

The Code

Our Guidance on Raising Concerns, Duty of candour and Social media provides additional information and good practice to assist in key issues in day to day nursing practice.

Enabling professionalism in nursing practice describes and demonstrates what professionalism looks like in everyday practice through the application of the Code.

Nursing standards

Implementing our nursing standards

Support information on standards for student supervison and assessment