NMC moves forward with development of new nurse competencies

27 Janurary 2016

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has approved plans to develop new competencies for nurses entering the profession. The decision to embark on this fundamental review of the skills and competencies that future nurses will be expected to meet was approved today at a meeting of NMC Council.

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 today 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.”

The development of this work follows input from a wide range of stakeholders including registered nurses, nursing students, nurse educators and patient representatives. This engagement highlighted the need for future nurses to be equipped to be team leaders with expertise in assessing and planning nursing care and delegating, supervising and supporting care delivered by the wider care team.

Following NMC Council’s approval, work will now start on developing revised competencies for registered nurses with a consultation phase commencing in 2016. 



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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