We know 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

We've introduced a number of 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 programme standards.

If your course is impacted

Speak to your university or approved education institution

Please speak to your university or AEI if you have any questions about your course or practice placements.

They will let you know about any impact on your learning experience and can support you.

Meeting your practice and theory hours

To make sure you qualify with the skills and knowledge to deliver safe, effective and kind practice, we require all of the learning outcomes in our education standards to be met by the end of your programme. This includes the minimum practice and theory hours.

We know Covid-19 has had a significant impact on learning opportunities in practice placements, with pressure on the number and range of placements.

Our recovery standards give Approved Education Institutions (AEIs) the flexibility to offer practice learning in simulated environments for up to 300 hours, where conventional clinical practice isn’t available or possible.

We’ve also approved a new recovery standard so AEIs can request to offer up to 600 hours of simulated learning if they have the capacity and capability to do so.

Your education provider may choose to use these recovery standards to deliver your course. Speak to them if you have any questions.

Why we haven’t waived the minimum practice hours

Our education standards, including minimum practice hours, were designed to be compliant with European legislation.

Although we’ve left the European Union, these standards will remain in place until they are reviewed and any changes, if needed, are approved by our Council.

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:

Post-registration programmes

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.

Programmes might also have to be deferred during the pandemic if supervision and practice learning isn't possible.

Where possible, we encourage students and employers to continue their programme to completion.

This will mean working closely with your education provider. They 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.