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 act in line 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 knowledge and skills they need to deliver high quality care in the years to come.

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

View all our nursing standards

What you can expect from registered nurses

It's important that everyone feels confident about the care they can expect from the nurses on our register.

We've introduced new standards for nurses in the UK, supporting them to deliver kind, safe and effective care now and in the future. As a result, our nurses are at the forefront of improving people's health and wellbeing.

We've made a short animation to help you understand what you can expect from your nurses.

Our Nursing Educaton Advisers

Our Senior Nursing Education Adviser and Nursing Education Advisers work with us in the Professional Practice Directorate. They advise 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.  

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Wendy Fowler joined the NMC in January 2021, she trained in Royal London Hospital, qualifying in 1984. She then progressed her career in a number of London hospitals in the field of trauma and orthopaedics. Wendy also worked as a trauma ward manager in Hertfordshire before moving to an education position at an acute NHS trust with roles including clinical skills trainer, practice educator and pre–registration lead nurse

 

Wendy has gained a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences and a Post –Graduate Diploma in Higher Education. Wendy is combining her role here at the NMC with that of a volunteer vaccinator two evenings a week.

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Registering as a mental health nurse in 1996 Julie Dixon started her career as a Community Mental Health Nurse,
where she progressed to Team Leader in 2002.

Moving to work in higher education she has over 20 years of academic experience, with a variety of opportunities in
relation to advancing her own learning, teaching and research portfolios.

Julie started work at the NMC in February 2021 and is continuing her self-development and awareness of global,
national and local agendas, she continues to work part-time as a Bank Nurse within a mental health trust.

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 supervision and assessment