Ambitious new education standards will shape the future of nursing for next generation

Published on 22 May 2018

The first nurses can begin training against the new standards as early as January 2019

Last week we launched ambitious new standards that set out the skills and knowledge the next generation of nurses need. We also introduced a more modern and innovative approach to the way universities and their practise partners train nurses and midwives. The changes will allow greater independence of assessment, and greater innovation by placement providers.

The new standards represent two years’ work and have been developed alongside nurses - as well as students, educators, healthcare professionals, charities and patient groups from across the UK.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“Our new standards represent a huge leap forward. They raise the bar for the next generation of nurses and not only match the demands of the role but the ambition of the profession. This is vital as in the coming years many thousands of new professionals will join our register, delivering care to millions of people.

“We’ve also overhauled the way universities train nurses and midwives. They’ll be given more flexibility to harness new ways of working and embrace technology so they can equip the nurses and midwives of tomorrow with the skills they need to deliver world class care for years to come.”

The new standards can be found on our website.


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