Quality assurance

Ensuring a safe and effective learning environment

We approve and quality assure programmes of nursing, nursing associate and midwifery education. This gives us the confidence that nurses, nursing associates and midwives are receiving the education and training they need to meet our standards and be capable of delivering safe and effective practice.

What we have done so far

In 2016, we commissioned an independent review into our quality assurance (QA) function. The review gathered and evaluated evidence from a wide range of people and organisations.

It took into account our new draft standards and the rapid pace of change across the higher education, health and care sectors in the UK. This included changes to student funding in England, new routes to registration, new roles (such as nursing associates), and different models of programme delivery. 

In 2017, our Council discussed the main findings and options from the review. This led to the development of our new QA framework and the publication of our new standards for education and training.

Council also agreed our approach to approving programmes against our new standards