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New Code comes into force for every nurse and midwife

31 March 2015

From today, every nurse and midwife in the UK will practice in line with a revised Code from their regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: 

“This is a landmark day for every nurse and midwife in the UK, and for the people they care for.

“The Code is fundamental to protecting the public. It sets out what patients want from nurses and midwives, and puts public expectations at the centre of professional practice.

“We last changed the Code seven years ago. Since then, the way that care is delivered has changed; public expectations have changed; and key reports like the Francis Inquiry have permanently altered the healthcare landscape. The revised Code reflects modern needs.”

The Code is central to revalidation, which the NMC is launching in October 2015 to check that nurses and midwives are up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers.

Jackie Smith added:

“The Code and revalidation are key to improving or affirming professional practice and protecting the people in the care of nurses and midwives.”

In addition to the Code, the NMC has also updated its guidance for nurses and midwives on raising concerns and has issued new guidance on the responsible use of social media.



Notes for editors

1.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to protect the public. We do this by ensuring that only those who meet our requirements are allowed to practise as a nurse or midwife in the UK. We take action if concerns are raised about whether a nurse or midwife is fit to practise.

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