NMC to consult on revoking education standards with maximum time limits

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today launched a consultation to remove time limits for the completion of education programmes.

Currently, student nurses and midwives are required to finish full-time programmes within five years and part-time programmes within seven years in order to be eligible for registration.

The NMC proposes to remove these maximum time limits from NMC standards, while ensuring full responsibility for the management of education programmes lies with approved education institutions. Post-registration programmes, which are currently given time limits either by the NMC or by the specific education institution, will also be affected by the proposed changes.

The removal of time limits enables greater flexibility for students ensuring that no individual is disadvantaged if unforeseen events interrupt their studies. The education institutions are best placed to oversee students’ involvement in their programmes.

Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, Jackie Smith, said:

“The NMC protects the public by ensuring all those who enter or remain on the register meet the standards to do so. This is an important consultation and we are keen to hear views. Removing time limits from our education standards would ensure that education institutions provide flexibility for students without compromising public protection.”

The consultation on the proposed changes will take place between 15 January 2015 and 12 March 2015.

Consultation on completion time limits


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