Caring with Confidence: The Code in Action

Published on 28 September 2020

Learn more about our new animation resources for the Code

We know that nurses, midwives and nursing associates have been facing difficult decisions in unprecedented circumstances over the last few months.

So today we have launched Caring with Confidence: The Code in Action. It is about how the Code can help professionals to feel confident about their decisions and actions in these challenging times and beyond.

Our core role is to regulate, and to ensure we regulate as well as possible, we proactively support our professions. Caring with Confidence does this through a series of bite-sized animations.

The animations focus on key themes about nursing and midwifery professionals’ roles, and how the Code can support them to uphold high standards, especially in difficult situations.

The first Caring with Confidence animation, launched today on our Facebook page and on the Code section of our website, focuses on the topic of accountability. We talk about what it is, what it means for nurses, midwives and nursing associates, and how their professional Code can support them.


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Next week’s theme will be professional judgement. Then we will cover six more topics all the way through to December:

  • delegation
  • being inclusive and challenging discrimination
  • speaking up
  • professional use of social media
  • end-of-life care
  • person-centred care.

Geraldine Walters, our Director of Professional Practice and a cardiac nurse by background, has written about Caring with Confidence in an article for the Nursing Times today. She will also be appearing on the next episode of The Practising Midwife podcast.

To follow Caring with Confidence, like our Facebook page. The animations will also be added to the Code section of our website over the coming weeks.

“The Code can sometimes be seen as a vehicle which is all about ‘holding professionals to account’. But, in these situations, we want you to introduce you to the Code as your friend and guide

“Caring with Confidence will bring your Code to life, supporting you to make the best professional judgements you can. It will be particularly supportive during the pandemic but the key principles and messages will continue to be useful throughout your career.”

Dr Geraldine Walters CBE
NMC Director of Professional Practice

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