NMC moves forward with development of new nurse competencies

Published on 28 January 2016

Council approves plans to develop new competencies for nurses entering the profession

Following Council's decision, we will embark on a fundamental review of the skills and competencies that future nurses will be expected to meet for pre-registration, with the consultation phase commencing later this year.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

"The nature of nursing work is changing fast. With more care being given in the community and patients presenting with a range of complex conditions, nurses are facing increased challenges in the workplace. To meet these challenges, they will need to be prepared with a different set of skills and competencies, focusing on areas such as high quality, cross sector care, people management skills, and public health promotion and it is essential that our pre-registration education standards cater for these.

"Council has taken the decision to approve further work on defining the skills and competencies of the nurse of the future. This is a substantial piece of work that will involve close collaboration with our stakeholders across the UK."

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