We understand that students, approved education institutions (AEIs) and their practice partners continue to experience unprecedented challenges as the pandemic continues.
Our priority is to continue to support students to successfully complete their programmes on time, so that they can begin their careers as qualified, registered professionals.
Changes to our programme standards
In response to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we've introduced a number of emergency and recovery programme standards to support students, approved education institutions (AEIs) and their practice partners.
These are temporary changes to the standards which set out how education providers should organise nursing and midwifery programmes.
Find out more about our recovery and emergency programme standards.
Where to get advice as a student
Speak to your university
Please speak with your university about the options available to you. They will let you know about any impact on your learning experience and can support you.
Watch our webinar recordings
We held some webinars with our partners to answer questions from students about the changes.
You may also find the following links helpful:
- NMC statement on enabling student education and supporting the workforce
- Open letter to all nursing and midwifery students in Scotland from Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer
- Open letter to all nursing and midwifery students in Wales from Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer
- Health Education England's nursing student support guidance during Covid-19
Apprenticeships (England only)
Nursing associate apprenticeships
Some of our recovery standards apply to all NMC approved education programmes, and therefore will apply to our approved nursing associate (NA) programmes.
However, we recognise that most nursing associate students are on apprenticeship based programmes, and employers may call their students back into practice during the emergency period. This might mean that some courses are deferred.
End Point Assessments
If you’re due to take your End Point Assessment as a NDA, MDA or NA, the Institute for Apprenticeships is supporting new flexibilities. These are for Registered Nurse (RN) Degree Apprentices and Nursing Associate (NA) Apprentices that reflect the adjustments we’ve made with regard to professional registration in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
With immediate effect and during the Covid-19 pandemic, any RN and NA apprentices who have completed the NMC approved programme; been assessed by the NMC as having permanently met the requirements for Professional Registration; and passed through the apprenticeship gateway will be regarded to have met the EPA requirements and have achieved their apprenticeship.
This change will only be applied to qualifying apprentices during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you have concerns you should speak to your education institution and your employer.
As registered nurses and midwives, we know that being in the position to contribute to the nursing and midwifery workforce during this time might affect your studies. Maximising the workforce continues to be our priority, and we hope that your programme is gaining some normality at this time, but we recognise some programmes may take longer to complete.
Nurses and midwives on prescribing programmes will continue to contribute to the delivery of care in their usual place of work or be deployed as necessary by their employer.
We encourage students to continue their programme to completion by working closely with the education institutions, who can continue to provide support theory and practice. This might be achieved by changing the mode of delivery and assessment for the programme while making sure it meets our standards during the emergency period.
Programmes may have been interrupted during the initial emergency period and this may continue throughout the pandemic, if it's not possible to support student's prescribing practice under supervision.
Special Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programmes
Most students on the SCPHN programme will likely be in a position to contribute to the delivery of care in their current place of work.
Where possible, we encourage students and employers to continue their programme to completion. We know that people working in these areas are may be redeployed or with reduced number of contact hours in people's homes. Programmes might have to be deferred during the pandemic if supervision and practice learning on these programmes isn't possible.
Specialist practice qualification programmes
Registered nurses and midwives undertaking a specialist practice qualification may contribute to the delivery of care in their usual place of work or be deployed as necessary by employers.
We encourage students to continue their programme to completion. This will mean working closely with their education institutes which may be able to continue to support theory and practice by changing the modes of delivery and assessment for the programme while making sure it meets our standards.
Covid-19 temporary registration
Informed by the views of our partners and our assessment of the current situation, we’ve decided not to open up the Covid-19 temporary register to nursing students.
Read our statement to find out our reasons.