New standards for education and training

Requirements for education providers

Our standards for education and training set out what all approved education institutions (AEIs) and practice placement providers must do in order to manage and deliver approved education programmes. Our standards must be able to accommodate all existing and potential future routes to becoming a registered nurse.

We want nurses and midwives to receive the necessary education and training so that the public is always protected. So our intention is that the standards contain all aspects of nursing and midwifery education and training across academic and practice settings. The standards for education and training will also include the requirements for the supervision and assessment of students.

We use the standards to quality assure all AEIs.

Our standards for education and training and the requirements for learning and assessment aim to provide flexibility. Using this flexibility, AEIs, practice placement and work placed learning providers will be able to develop innovative approaches to education for nurses and midwives, while being accountable for the local delivery and management of approved programmes in line with our standards.

What have we done so far?

We have engaged with nurses, midwives, educators, employers, policy-makers and the public to understand their views of nursing and midwifery education.

Our engagement during 2016 and 2017 enabled us to develop draft new standards of for education and training, which we consulted on formally between June and September 2017.

We heard from more than 1000 people and from many organisations.

What are we doing now?

An independent, external company called Why Research Ltd collected and analysed the consultation responses.

Now that Why Research Ltd has sent us their analysis, our in-house specialists are working closely with external experts and key organisations to look at all the evidence we collected during the consultation. They are using this evidence to refine the draft standards.

What happens next?

We will bring our proposed final standards to our Council for approval in spring 2018.

We anticipate that all AEIs will adopt the new standards of proficiency for registered nurses by September 2019.