How we develop our standards

We're conducting a major review of our education standards

Nursing and midwifery practice today is different from a decade ago and we know it will change even more in the next 10 years.

We want to ensure that our education standards are fit for purpose and that nurses, midwives and nursing associates are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver high quality and safe care now and in the future.

That’s why we're carrying out a major review of our education standards and the ways we quality assure.

What we're doing

Our education programme timeline sets out our plans for the review.

Future nurse standards and education framework

Our first phase of new standards were approved by our Council in March 2018 and published in May 2018. They consist of:

We also made the decision to withdraw our standards for medicines management.

Nursing associate standards

Our second phase of new standards were published in October 2018. These consist of:

Midwifery standards

We’re currently reviewing the standards that student midwives will need to meet in order to join the profession.

Find out about how we’re reshaping the future of midwifery education in the UK.

Post-registration standards

As part of our education programme of change, we're beginning to consider our post-registration standards.

During 2018 we commissioned an independent evaluation of our specialist community public health nursing and specialist practice qualification standards. These findings will inform the next stages of our review and in the early summer we’ll start to engage with interested nurses and midwives more about this.

We haven’t made any decisions on this issue and won’t do so before we’ve considered the findings of the evaluation and engaged widely with stakeholders.