The revised Code celebrates first anniversary

31 March 2016

The revised NMC Code, which contains professional standards for every one of 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 over a million views since its launch. 

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

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“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.

“The Code is central to revalidation, which has its official ‘go live’ date tomorrow, 1 April 2016. Nurses and midwives must make the Code their reference point for revalidation.”

A midwife from Northern Ireland, who has recently submitted her revalidation application, said:

“I found the link to the Code very helpful when I was revalidating, especially when it came to reflecting on my practice. The language used in the Code is empowering, and encourages us to value the important work we do.”

One year on, the NMC is working with Chief Nursing Officers and other senior leaders across the nursing and midwifery professions to produce new resources that define what professionalism means to nurses and midwives. The initiative will be underpinned by the Code, and will be a valuable part of what revalidation and the Code mean in practice. 



Notes for editors

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2.   The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK. We exist to protect the public. We do this by maintaining the register of qualified nurses and midwives and setting standards of education, training, conduct and performance. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. If concerns are raised about the standards of a registered nurse or midwife, we have a duty to investigate and, where necessary, take action to protect the public.