NMC Code set to highlight importance of delivering fundamental care to both living and dying

Published on 26 June 2014

People in their final days and hours of life can expect to receive the high standard of care afforded to any person needing to be looked after by nurses.

In response to the 2013 report More Care, less pathway: a review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has incorporated its fundamental care standards into its draft revised Code which is currently out for consultation.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith said:

“Anyone training to be a nurse in the UK is required to demonstrate that they can deliver care safely, competently and with compassion. Following the publication of More Care, less pathway in 2013 we published our standards for competence to make the public aware of the fundamental standards of care that a nurse is expected to be able to do.

“In addition, as part of the review of our Code, we have incorporated these standards into the draft to make sure that all nurses registered in the UK, regardless of where they trained, understand what the public expect from them.”

Further information on our response to the Liverpool Care Pathway report.

The draft revised Code is out for public consultation until 11 August, 2014.

The standards for competence are available on our website.

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