The Code turns one

Published on 31 March 2016

Revised Code celebrates first anniversary

The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) revised Code, which contains professional standards for the UK’s 692,000 nurses and midwives, is one year old today. It is the most regularly viewed document on the NMC website, with more than one million views since its launch.

As well as reflecting what patients expect from the professionals who care for them, the updated Code, which came into effect on 31 March 2015, also sets out standards designed to help professionals face the challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
A fundamental aspect of the latest version is the requirement for nurses and midwives to be open and honest.

"The Code should be a living document that nurses and midwives place at the heart of their practice. A year on, it is excellent to see nurses and midwives interacting positively with it," said NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith.

The Code is central to revalidation, which officially goes live on 1 April. "Nurses and midwives must make the Code their reference point for revalidation," Smith added.

Thousands of nurses and midwives have already completed revalidation, often referring to the Code when going through the process.

"I found the link to the Code very helpful when I was revalidating, especially when it came to reflecting on my practice," according to one midwife from Northern Ireland, who recently submitted her revalidation application. "The language used in the Code is empowering, and encourages us to value the important work we do."

Read the Code here

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